In a ceremony yesterday at the Sikorsky booth (No. 1641), Sergei Sikorsky presented four senior members of the Los Angeles County Fire Department with Sikorsky’s Winged S service award to mark the 50th anniversary of the L.A. County’s aerial firefighting operations. He particularly praised the firefighters’ last year of service dealing with a series of catastrophic blazes in greater Los Angeles.
The fire department accepted its first Firehawk in 2001, and flew three as its primary vehicle in responding to 387 fires last year. Sikorsky’s v-p and chief marketing officer Stephen Estill announced during Monday evening’s Salute to Excellence banquet that Sergei Sikorsky would present the department with the Igor Sikorsky Humanitarian Award.