The Maricopa County. Ariz. Sheriff’s Office has added a second helicopter to its fleet, this one honoring a deputy killed in the line of duty. The newly delivered Bell Helicopter
407GX bears the tail number N977MS, which includes the badge number of Deputy William Coleman. On Jan. 8, 2012, Coleman was shot below his bulletproof vest while responding to a burglary call in Anthem, Ariz. He died of his wounds, leaving a wife and four children. N977MS entered service June 1, according to the Sheriff’s Office, and “has performed rescue missions saving 34 persons.” The 407GX is equipped with a belly cargo hook for hoisting rescued persons with injuries, hard rappelling points for rescue deputies and high skids for rugged landing spots. “We needed this new helicopter if for no other reason than the number of rescue missions we perform each year,” Sheriff Joe Arpaio said, adding it also will flew important law enforcement and surveillance missions. An older 407 remains in service. It has conducted 113 rescue missions in the last year, saving 78 persons, this despite being down for maintenance much of the time, the Sheriff’s Office said.