Helicopter pad to make a difference in Kershaw

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In the future, a life will be saved, because of the new emergency helicopter landing pad in Kershaw.
It might be a car wreck victim, a person suffering from a stroke, heart attack or a youngster bitten by a poisonous snake.
No matter, quick and efficient help and the helicopter pad, which will allow the patient to be flown to receive critical medical assistance, is going to be vital.
Direct thanks can be attributed to Talf Wrenn.
Wrenn, an Andrew Jackson High School student and a Boy Scout,  approached Kershaw Town Council two years ago about the possibility of building a much-needed emergency helicopter pad in the town.
Wrenn’s lone request was to provide him the needed area to construct the landing zone emergency personnel can use to airlift hospital patients.
The project was part of Wrenn’s Eagle Scout community-service project.
The area for the pad required special features, including a 40-by-40-foot cement landing built in a location without power lines or trees in the vicinity. An open space of at least 10,000 square feet was also needed.
Finding such an area was easier said than done, but perseverance was the key.
For more than a year, council searched and finally an anonymous donor provided the needed space on the northern end of the southern Lancaster County town at North Matson Street and U.S. 521.
The resident initially wanted the donated land to be used for a new fire station. The area wasn’t large enough for the station, but it did fit the need for the pad and Wrenn’s special project.
“The community has never had an official landing zone for a helicopter,” Kershaw Mayor Wayne Rhodes said.
Wrenn was recently honored for his work as Rhodes presented him with a plaque for his work to establish the emergency helicopter landing pad.
Wrenn is an extraordinary student, who stays active despite having muscular dystrophy and the need for a motorized wheelchair to assist him in his daily routine.
A project of this magnitude would be a challenge for any person, but Wrenn, who sees no obstacle with a strong can-do attitude, tackled the task to make a big difference in his community now and down the road.
“What you’ve done will save somebody’s life,” Rhodes said. “I’m very proud of what you’ve done, and so is this town.”
Some time down the road, there will be just as much gratitude for the forward-thinking Wrenn and his pad to boost his community.