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Posted on: June 16, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Local Businessman Donates Drone to Town


The Town of Babylon recently received a battery-powered drone from an Amityville businessman. Vinny Samuel—a partner at JVK Operations, which specializes in healthcare laundry services—decided to make the donation after hearing about the fires that recently ravaged homes in downtown Copiague. Samuel believes that the drone, which is equipped with a camera that streams video to a phone or tablet, can serve as a useful tool for responders at the scene of a fire. The Town also plans to use the drone for public safety purposes at Town events.

Samuel recently brought the drone to Babylon Town Hall to demonstrate its use. Using a remote control, Samuel flew the drone more than one hundred feet up in the air and used his tablet to display the clear, high-resolution images from above. Those who were present to witness the demonstration, including Town of Babylon Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez, were very impressed.

“The Town of Babylon is grateful for Mr. Samuel’s generous donation,” Deputy Supervisor Martinez said. “This is a tool that can be used to address public safety situations from a bird’s-eye point of view.”

The DJI Phantom drone will only fly over Town-owned property. It has a range of three miles and weighs about three pounds.

Pictured from left to right are Ron Kluesener, Deputy Public Safety Commissioner Pat Farrell, Vinny Samuel, John Cifelli, and Deputy Supervisor Martinez.

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