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Drone pilot preparing to help hurricane Irma victims

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Steven Helmrich will head to Florida sometime late this week. He is hoping his drone will help police with search and rescue efforts. Helmrich also plans to use his drone to assess structural damage in Jacksonville, Florida and Key West. (WSYX/WTTE)

A Central Ohio drone pilot is preparing to head to Florida to help with Hurricane Irma relief.

Steven Helmrich will head to Florida sometime late this week. He is hoping his drone will help police with search and rescue efforts. Helmrich also plans to use his drone to assess structural damage in Jacksonville, Florida and Key West.

The drone goes up to 48 miles an hour, within law, and can fly 400 feet up in the air.

Helmrich said he's in contact with police in Florida and they're awaiting his arrival.

“I can hook my remote up to a TV in their station and I can fly while they watch what I see. It becomes vital because a lot of time they don't have access for searching for people, if they're already rescuing other people with helicopters," said Helmrich.

Helmrich is also busy collecting donations for hurricane victims. He's getting help from the city of Powell.

A donation drive will be held this Friday at the Powell municipal building from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

There is also a GoFundMe page setup for donations.

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