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The Maryland Board of Public Works in July approved $413 million in cuts to balance massive revenue losses from COVID-19 — and on the chopping block is the Maryland State Police Trooper 6 Medivac helicopter based at the Easton Airport. 

Trooper 6 serves the counties of the mid-shore.

The prospect of losing Trooper 6 brought swift opposition from Maryland’s 36th and 37th delegations and county commissioners. Senate Minority Whip Stephen Hershey called for a hearing to oppose the cut and Social Media lit up.

So far a petition has garnered nearly 16,000 signatures opposing the elimination of Trooper 6.

At the Kent County Commissioners meeting Tuesday Commissioner President Tom Mason said he personally relied on Trooper 6 at one point in his own life.

“I can attest from personal experience of mine that I was transported by this helicopter to Shock Trauma several years ago,” Mason said. Mason also mentioned that his fellow commissioner Bob Jacob at one point needed a ride from Trooper 6.

The commissioners then motioned to send a letter to the Board of Public Works and Management and Budget Secretary David Brinkley.

“We have been extremely fortunate to have MSP Trooper 6 save numerous lives that may not have been as fortunate if they had to wait for the driving time of an emergency service vehicle,” the letter said. “The elimination of MSP Trooper 6 station is unacceptable to the County Commissioners of Kent County, Maryland.”

Feature Image Flickr Trooper 6: Mike Hugg Media