Northland rescue helicopter pilot takes last flight

Passionate aviator Dean Voelkerling has flown his last flight.

The man who helped thousands of people as a paramedic and then as a rescue helicopter pilot was given a fitting farewell yesterday at Toll Stadium in Whangarei.

Hundreds of people stood in the grandstand and watched as the Northland Rescue Helicopter with Mr Voelkerling’s coffin inside lifted off the green turf into the cloudless blue sky destined for a private cremation.

A guard of honour was formed by colleagues from the Northland Emergency Services Trust, St John, police, fire, family and friends as he boarded his final flight.


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