Government helicopter hovering over Bad Axe has residents talking

(BAD AXE)–A Department of Homeland Security helicopter seen hovering over Bad Axe Friday sparked some concerns among residents. Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson says he received numerous calls from residents about the aircraft, which he says was flying over town for about 45 minutes.

“It’s not uncommon to see one of their aircraft come through here. It’s not uncommon to see them along the shoreline. It is uncommon to see them spend that kind of time in one area, which is what spurred the interest,” Hanson commented.

He adds that he called the Aviation Unit in Detroit for answers, but wasn’t satisfied with the initial response he received. 

“The conversation, whether I took it wrong or not, didn’t go well. That’s why I wasn’t very happy. But since all of this has occurred, the director of the Aviation Unit at Selfridge has spoke to me, as well as the Officer in Charge at the Marysville Border Patrol,” Hanson says. 

“They had a purpose–a mission, which I don’t expect them to give me information on other than if there’s something going on that needs to be addressed. I would expect them to pass that on to me. That didn’t appear to be the case. So there really was no need for concern. I just wish we could have addressed it that way on Friday.”

Sheriff Hanson reiterates that after speaking again Monday with officials, residents should not have any cause for concern.