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IPSO takes flight

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Pilots Richard Ferrell and Bill Miller watch over Iberia Parish from 10,000 feet in the air.

Perhaps your boat dies on Vermilion Bay or your family member is missing, these are problems these two volunteers for the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office would and have handled.

"We think we do a service for the parish by being on standby for these types of activities," says Ferrell

Lifelong friends, Ferrell and Miller have been volunteering with the Sheriff's Office and the United States Coast Guard for the past three years—search and rescue is their official title—but, their duties don't end there.

"We do surveillance of all the important points like the Henry Hub, the coast guard station off the Vermilion River," says Ferrell.

Ferrell and Miller say one of their favorite responsibilities is watching over the Henry Hub pipeline, which sets the natural gas prices for all of North America.

"This is just part of the service we can offer for them here," says Miller.     

Sheriff Louis Ackal says Ferrell and Miller are part of his first class of reserve deputies, more than a dozen volunteers brought on by Ackal to utilize their skills—like flying. Ackal says he plans to bring on more in February.
"Now they have a time in life. They find they have the time and they want to contribute to not just being in law enforcement, not just wearing a badge and gun but contribute to the wellbeing of their fellow citizens and give something back," says Ackal.

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