Helicopter pilot tours damaged areas on foot for first time


SHAWNEE – Bob Moore Chopper 4 pilot, Jon Welsh toured tornado damaged areas of Shawnee and Moore Oklahoma. He originally reported on the tornadoes of May 19th and 20th from his helicopter, but today he walked through areas hit hard to see the damage up close.

“Seeing all of this devastation is intense. It’s tough to look at from 800 feet in the air, but when you are standing right next to it, you can see how the tornado just mowed through this area of Shawnee ,” said Welsh. He visited with Gerald Kirkus, (in green shirt next to Jon Welsh) clearing trees that were snapped like toothpicks and scattered across his property on the outskirts of town.

Later in the day, Welsh walked through parts of Moore and pointed out a playground that he used to take his daughters to that was heavily damaged and littered with debris. “I…

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