Lawsuit Filed Against Priority One Air Rescue After Lewes Firefighter’s Death

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A lawsuit has been filed against an air rescue company by the family of a Lewes firefighter who died during a 2016 training exercise over Georgetown.  DelawareOnline reports the suit, which was filed in New Castle County Superior Court, seeks compensation from Priority One Air Rescue for the children of Timothy McClanahan.  The 46 year old McClanahan died after falling about 100 feet from a helicopter skid two years ago.  The lawsuit claims improper equipment was to blame.  Specifically the suit blames the failure of an aluminum alloy connector which McClanahan used to tether the back of his safety harness to the chopper as he and three others were conducting a hoist-training exercise.