Civil Air Patrol Training

, Written by Matt Jordan, Kassi Nelson, Posted: Sat, June 21 2014 at 11:09 PM, Updated: Sun, June 22 2014 at 12:02 PM

Medford, Ore -- A group of volunteers took community service to new heights in Medford.

As they lift off, volunteers with the civil air patrol are helping to make land and sky safer. 

 "There can be quite a variety of missions, we may get a call to search for a lost hiker, or there may be a downed aircraft someplace," said Mike Watson. 

The volunteers step in when others may not be able to.  

 "It's not practical for the air force or the government to send out large aircraft anymore  than it is for the navy to send a large ship if a small fishing boat gets in trouble off the coast," said Herman Dennington.

The volunteers say they're helping to keep an eye out while serving their community. 

"I'm committed to providing some kind of support to the community's infrastructure, and civil air patrol is just a good outlet for that," said Mike Watson.  

If you're interested in being a member of the Civil Air Patrol, they have meetings every Tuesday at 6:30 at their Hanger on 5060 Cirrus Drive in Medford.

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Kassi Nelson

NBC5 News reporter Kassi Nelson was born and raised in Nebraska. She graduated from the journalism school at University of Nebraska Lincoln where she studied broadcasting.

She also studied philosophy in the Czech Republic. Kassi has visited nine other countries including Sochi, Russia, where she reported on the preparations for the 2014 Olympic Games.

She loves skiing and live concerts!

Matt Jordan

NBC5 News reporter and weather forecaster Matt Jordan is a native Oregonian, born in Junction City.

He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon.

Before joining NBC5 News, Matt spent a year in Alexandria, Louisiana as a reporter and anchor for KALB News. Matt was also a production assistant at KEZI 9 News in Eugene and an intern at CNN.

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