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A heavenly delivery

First Redeemer Church in south Forsyth recently received a delivery from above. Literally.

Marty Farrell was going on his daily walk on Wednesday, Aug. 9 when he noticed a helicopter hovering above the church on Peachtree Parkway and that it had something hanging from it.

He said he found out the church replaced 12 pieces of HVAC air conditioning equipment and enlisted the help of the 1960s vintage Sikorsky S58-T helicopter, operated by SkyCrane Helicopters Inc. from Winder, Georgia.

“Jan Elrod, assistant to the senior pastor, said the church opted for the helicopter delivery because it would be less expensive and quicker than utilizing a crane large enough to lift the units to the roof of the church,” he said.

He said the helicopter was piloted by Greg Homer, a man from Texas with “plenty of varied flying experience” who lives in Winder and who piloted a Cobra Gunship with 1,800 combat hours in Vietnam.