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Ever wonder how an actual helicopter water rescue goes down? Watch our video to see NYPD officer pilots in action.
And don’t miss the rest of our intense NYPD series! Including:
Meet the real-life A-team, an elite NYPD unit tasked with handling the highest-risk calls. In Part 2 of our series, watch Erik German ride along with an NYPD unit taking on the most perilous crimefighting in New York City.
“When you raise your right hand and get sworn in, they say it’s a front row seat to the greatest show on Earth,” said Det. John Kenny, 37, who has spent 8 years with the unit. “In ESU, we got the backstage passes.”
Officially designated the Emergency Service Division in 1930, the unit has gone through a number of names over the years but its motto — “anytime, anywhere” — and its ever-expanding mission has remained the same. The unit’s 400 members represent the NYPD’s best effort to hedge against all the iffy, tricky or terrifying scenarios that can’t be foreseen in a city of 8 million people.
Whether there’s a building collapse, plane crash or mass shooting — Emergency Service takes the call.
We wanted to find out what it looks like when New York City’s top cops prepare for a nightmare scenario, including a major terrorist attack. So we rode along on a special 3-part series to train with the NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit, or ESU, dangling on zip lines over the East River and taking fire from a sniper in Brooklyn.
Watch the first video here.