Who was Nicholas Bella? And what was the cause of his death?
Nicholas Vella was a police officer and helicopter pilot with the Huntington Beach Police Department for 14 years. Nicholas Vella was survived by his wife Kristi Tovar. Veteran police officer Nicholas Vella was killed in a helicopter crash on February 19 at around 6:30 PM in Newport Beach, California. After being rescued from the wreckage, he was seriously injured and killed in a helicopter crash, and his co-pilot was taken to hospital but is still in critical condition.
After his death, HBPD Chief Eric Parra said, “The City of Huntington Beach, the residents of Huntington Beach, the Huntington Beach Police Department and law enforcement agencies have lost an officer who is truly committed to their job. He was doing what he loved.”
Vella and his colleagues responded to a “disruptive fight call” in Newport Beach when the fatal clash occurred. Before crashing ashore, their helicopter could be seen between Lido Island and the Balboa Peninsula.
After the accident, people on the shore ran to help the passengers, but Bella was dragged and died of injuries. A video clip from the rescue operation shows a police officer and local residents attempting to rescue a pilot from a wrecked plane.
Newport Beach Police Department Chief Jon Lewis said: There was a lifeguard made up of police, firefighters and lifeguards.”
However, HBPD Director Eric Parra has announced that all department helicopters will be shut down for inspection. He said, “Currently, we need to inspect the aircraft to make sure there are no abnormalities … We will bring them in. The plane won’t fly until we do an inspection.”
“Our community values the police station and the loss of a police officer is a devastating blow to all of us. Huntington Beach Mayor Barbara Delgleize said in a statement that “this tragic accident serves as a reminder of the dangers and dangers our officers inflict themselves every day to protect our communities.”
The police department organized a procession to say goodbye to Nicholas Bella, and others paid tribute to him on social media. The Huntington Beach Police Department posted a photo of the deceased officer on a social media site.
The department mentioned in the tragic Facebook post.”
We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Officer Nicholas Vella, a 14-year veteran of the HBPD. Officer Vella died this evening after our police helicopter HB-1 crashed off Newport while responding to a rescue call. A second officer is injured and in stable condition. Officer Vella has his wife and daughter. He served the Huntington Beach community with honor and dignity. Please join us in praying for Officer Vella’s family. Thank you to our community and law enforcement partners for their support during this difficult time.”
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