National Guard uses Black Hawk to deliver pizza to family along Mill Creek during flood

National Guard delivers pizza
Courtesy: Travis Lundquist, Umatilla County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue

WALLA WALLA, Wash. — The Oregon National Guard used a Black Hawk helicopter to deliver pizza to a family that allowed them to better help flood victims along Mill Creek.

Travis Lundquist with Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue took a video of the cinematic delivery.

He told KAPP-KVEW the pizza was meant as a thank you to Walla Walla’s Klicker family, who had let rescuers to use their property as a landing zone for the Black Hawk. The family also allowed evacuees and neighbors to use their home as a temporary shelter.

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“The National Guard would fly is in, we’d land there and then from there, we’d look for people who had been missing or people who someone’s called in like, ‘I haven’t heard from my mom and dad. I haven’t heard from my sister,” Lundquist said.

The severe flooding started on Thursday, Feb. 6, and rescuers worked through the weekend to make sure residents in Walla Walla and Umatilla counties were safe.

During that time, evacuees welcomed into the Klicker family’s residence and wait out the flood.

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On the last day, Sunday Feb. 9, the National Guardsmen went into Walla Walla to refuel the helicopter and stopped by Hepler’s Big Cheese Pizza to pick up a pie for the family.

“We couldn’t have evacuated them without the National Guard. They were just phenomenal to work with,” Lundquist said.

Search & Rescue to the rescue

Thank you Search & Rescue for helping those in need due to the flood… most likely the best pizza delivery EVER! Black Hawk to the rescue!

Posted by Big Cheese Pizza – Walla Walla on Monday, February 10, 2020