Water Drops During The Napa Fires

A few weeks back, toward the end of the fire, I had a chance to film Helitanker 743 aka Jerry, a Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane pumping water from the pond at Mont La Salle Chapel below Hess Collection. Here's a recent article about this chopper, Big, Orange & Outfitted With A 'Snorkel,' Helitanker 743 Is Ready For Action. It was pretty amazing to hear the big sounds of the engine and rotors so close when they would fly over me. I didn't have much of a plan for the footage while shooting. Later, I realized it could make a great tribute to the firefighters and everyone else that we can't thank enough.

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Pat Branch

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