Eagle One

Eagle 1 provides vital law enforcement and search and rescue capabilities throughout Connecticut and surrounding areas.

The Eagle One Crew

SWAT helicopter training

SWAT helicopter training


Tom O’Halloran, President - Board of Directors, Pilot

Tom joined Eagle One in 2012 and currently serves as President of the Nelson D’Ancona Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises funds to operate and maintain Eagle One Search And Rescue Helicopters. He performs duties as an Eagle One Aircraft Commander and has participated in numerous SWAT aviation tactical exercises as well as various training events. His previous aviation experience includes serving as a Vice President of a Publicly Traded Aerospace Company, Director of Corporate Aviation for financial organizations, as well as a Pilot with a Major Airline. He has over 25 years of aviation experience in Commercial, Military and General Aviation industries.

He is an FAA Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) in both Helicopters and Fixed Wing aircraft, with over 10,000 Hours of flight. He holds Aircraft Type Ratings in the G550, G450, GV, GIV, Falcon 2000, Challenger 604, Airbus 320, Boeing 767 and 757 aircraft. His helicopter qualifications include the UH-1H, UH-60, S-76, Bell 412, Bell 407 and Bell 206. He is a former Military Aviator, earning 2 Air Medals for Combat Flight Operations as well as a recipient of the Sikorsky Rescue Award, for a life saving mission in the Pacific Ocean. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Aviation Safety Program Management, Accident Investigation and holds a Bachelor of Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.


 Al is a resident of Shelton, Connecticut.  His educational credentials include a B.S. in Toxicology, M.S. in Political Science, M.A. in Military Science and an M.S. in Strategic Studies. He is currently employed as a Captain with the Stratford Police Department and serves as the Commander of both the Patrol Division and the SPD Aviation Unit. Captain Wilcoxson has over 30 years active and reserve duty in the U.S. Army and CT Army National Guard, including over 2,500 hours in Apache, Chinook, Blackhawk, Huey, Kiowa and Cobra helicopters. He is a retired Colonel with the Connecticut Army National Guard and has commercial rotary wing and instrument ratings.  

He is a decorated combat veteran of OIF, OEF and the Gulf War.  His combat decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal (for valor) as well as two Bronze Star Medals.


Mr. Brady has over 40 years experience in the support and testing of both fixed wing and Helicopter systems.  22 years with the U.S. Army as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer, and 20 years with Sikorsky Aircraft. 

Charlie holds BS degrees from both the University of Maryland and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a major in Professional Aeronautics Management and a MBA from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a major in Business Administration.


David is a 1968 graduate of the University of Northern Vermont where he taught flying, towed gliders all while attending the University. Retired from AT&T after twenty-six years in various management positions, he has been a pilot for 58 years. He is rated in both fixed wing (power & glider) and helicopters with close to 10,000 flight hours logged.

A Certificated Flight Instructor since 1965, he was one of the very first to qualify as a Master Flight Instructor and has held that distinction continuously since 1998. He was the 1999 National Flight Instructor of the Year. David is also rated as a Federal Aviation Administration Mechanic for Airframe and Powerplants. He has built several award winning aircraft.


ICrew Chief Resident of Stratford Connecticut. He has an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice. He was previously employed with the Cheshire Police Department where he served as a Field Training Officer, Firearms Instructor and member of the department SWAT team. He is currently employed as a Lieutenant with the Stratford Police Department. Lieutenant Eannotti holds collateral duties as a Field Training Coordinator, Firearms Instructor and commander the department Special Response Team

 

He is a veteran of the United States Navy where he served as an air crewman with Patrol Squadron Eight (VP-8) and the Master Augment Unit (VP-MAU). He has also served with the Connecticut National Guard.


Chris McNeill, Chief Pilot

Chris started his flying more than 11 years ago as a private pilot after getting bit by the flying bug he then went into the commercial world. After starting his own aviation business, operating, managing and flying with his own aircraft performing various types of services over the years he was given the Igor Sikorsky Humanitarian Award for supporting the Army Corps of Engineers in flying engineers to survey the breaks in the Levees and seeing to the repairs after Hurricane Katrina, he really defined a spot though specializing in helicopter parachuting.

Chris started volunteering to fly Eagle One in 2002 in all types of missions from offshore diver insertions to SRT team deployment to search and rescue missions. He has attended Factory training from Bell,Eurocopter,MD,and Robinson Helicopters flying models such as the Bell UH1H, B,superB,407, JetRanger,AS350B2,BA, MD500D, E,S76, Hiller UH12E, 300C, R22 After perusing his own business venture he now works the busy New York City area daily flying charters.


OFCSteven Palmer, Tactical Flight Officer

Tactical Flight Officer</span> Officer Palmer has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and has been a Patrol Officer with the New Milford Police Department since 2004. Prior to his career in law enforcement, Officer Palmer served six years in the United States Marine Corps Infantry and is a veteran of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He has participated in hundreds of anti-terrorism/counter insurgency operations in Iraq and throughout the Middle East.

 

 

 

Officer Palmer also served in other posts throughout the United States, Europe, and the Pacific prior to the completion of his military service. In his law enforcement career, Officer Palmer is a State of Connecticut certified Physical Fitness and Arrest and Control Instructor, and former S.W.A.T. Team Leader. He is also an instructor/co-owner of fitness facility in central Connecticut.

 


LT Lawrence Ash, Tactical Flight Officer

A veteran of the United States Marine Corps and is currently employed by the New Milford Police Department as a Lieutenant. Lieutenant Ash is the Commanding Officer of Field Operations at the New Milford Police Department and oversees the Patrol Division, Detective Division and Specialty Teams which include K-9, SCUBA Traffic Safety and Emergency Services.

Lieutenant Ash is the recipient of the New Milford Police Department's Medal of Bravery (3 awards) Life Saving Medal (2 awards) The Meritorious Service Award, The Chiefs Citation and The Unit Citation. Lieutenant Ash Resides in Litchfield County with his family.


Ret. Det. Lt. Robert Hettrick

Retired from the Meriden, Ct Police department after  26 ½ years of service.  Promoted thru the ranks to Detective Lt. in charge of the Detective Division.  Spent 20 years as an active member of the S.W.A.T team many of them as a Tactical Commander.

Became involved with flying helicopters and working with Eagle 1, for the last 13 years.

Presently works as a pilot for Airocean Aviation located in Yalesville , CT


MSG Ray M. Rivera, Maintenance/EMT

Resident of Groton, CT has nearly 20 years of Army Aviation experience, holding positions ranging from helicopter crew chief/phase team leader to instructor and detachment sergeant.  A graduate of Aviation High School, New York, he holds both an A&P and an Inspector&rsquo;s Authorization (IA) and is completing his B.S. in Aviation Maintenance Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  After leaving the regular army (serving tours with 1st Cavalry, 1st Armored Division and 101st Airborne Divisions) he worked commercial aviation and acquired experience with Sikorsky S-76 series, Bell 407, Bell Long Rangers,

Agusta A109s, Robinson R22/R44 and fixed wing aircraft including Hawkers, Citations, and Gulfstreams until being recalled on active duty with the CT National Guard.  Currently, a Sergeant First Class still on active duty with the 1109th TASMG, Ray is a veteran of Operations Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom (2 tours), and most recently in Afghanistan in support of Enduring Freedom.


Officer Josh Paille, Pilot

Officer Josh Paille is a proud native of Louisiana. He graduated from Norwich University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Officer Paille then commissioned as a 2LT in the Louisiana Army National Guard where he served as a platoon leader in an assault helicopter battalion. Officer Paille graduated from the US Army’s flight school at Fort Rucker, AL in 2013 as a Blackhawk Pilot. His combat tours include Kuwait and Afghanistan.

In addition to being a Patrolman for the Monroe Police Department since 2015, Officer Paille is now the Company Commander of Headquarter and Headquarters Detachment, 1109th Theater Aviation Sustainment and Maintenance Group with the Connecticut Army National Guard out of Groton, CT. Officer Paille is a current resident of Orange with his wife and son.


Paul Mangini , Pilot

Paul Mangini is a retired police sergeant from the Middletown Police Department where he worked for twenty four years. He was one of the first Eagle One pilots and started flying with the program when it acquired its first UH-1H Huey in the late eighties. After leaving the police department he was a pilot for Life Star where he worked for eleven years and was the base lead pilot for the program at Backus Hospital in Norwich.

Paul learned to fly for the army and soloed in October of 1966. He soloed in a Huey in April of 1967 which gives him fifty years of flying a Huey. He flew UH-1C model Huey gunships in Vietnam flying 890 combat missions. He then went to Germany and spent two years flying along the “Iron Curtain”. He returned to the states and joined the National Guard where he was a UH-1 instructor pilot. He flew for the National Guard for a total of forty one years of active and Guard service flying both helicopters and multi engine fixed wing cargo planes. Upon his retirement from the Guard and Life Star he joined the Civil Air Patrol where he is the Wing Maintenance Officer and flys Cessna 172’s and 182’s.


Arnold Chase, Board Member

Mr. Arnold Chase currently serves as President and a Director of Gemini Networks, Inc. and Managing Member of Chase Enterprises Holding LLC, Hartford, Connecticut, both of which are privately owned investment holding companies.

Mr. Chase is also a Trustee of Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc. and Talcott Mountain Science Center. Mr. Chase holds a Bachelor ofScience degree in business administration from Babson College.


Other Members

Detective Paul Honafius, Crew Member, Stratford PD

Ofc. Mark Lecardo, Crew Member, Stratford PD


Stratford Police Department - Crew Chiefs

Officer Matt Ackerman

Officer Louis Arbelo

Officer Max Bersnstein

Officer Amanda Burden

Officer Jose Dias

Officer Maria MacAvoy

Officer Dustin Murphy

Officer David Sheehan

Officer Elvis Suazo