Brian Kelley Chris Madden

Fire Chief Chris Madden puts on a microphone as he gets ready for the interview with Brian Kelley and the Milton Times. 

In the first days after 9/11 when all the country’s aviation had ground to a complete halt, Chris Madden was part of a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew that got a call at 3 a.m. 

Their assignment was to transport a prisoner from a heliport in Manhattan to a federal prison in upstate Pennsylvania.

Madden, who now serves as Milton’s fire chief, said the prisoner, dressed in an orange jumpsuit with a black cap, was to be transported lying down in the Stokes basket that the crew used for rescues.

Along with the prisoner, six fully armed U.S. Marshals were brought inside the helicopter for the flight.

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