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You can catch Jon Welsh high above in the action in Bob Moore Chopper 4. The pilot grew up in Durant, OK, graduated from Silo High School and went to college at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Welsh enlisted as an Infantryman in the Oklahoma Army National Guard in 2000 as soon as he graduated High School.

Shortly after his first deployment in 2003, he joined the Durant Police Department as a patrolman.

He served the people of Durant for two and a half years before taking a job as a recruiter for the Oklahoma Army National Guard.

Jon left the recruiting force in early 2007 to attend US Army Flight Training at Ft. Rucker, AL.

After returning from flight school Welsh and his family moved to Moore, O.K. where they now call home.

Welsh returned home from Iraq in the fall of 2010.

While there he flew over 800 hours in direct support of combat operations.

Prior to joining the KFOR team, he served as a Blackhawk instructor pilot for the Oklahoma National Guard.

John is honored to pilot Bob Moore Chopper 4 and continue his service to the public, keeping you informed from 800 feet above the story.


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    OHP questions group seen leaving fire

    STROUD, Okla. — While over the Stroud wildfires, Bob Moore Chopper 4 found a group of people in a dark green Ford Expedition who were spotted leaving the scene of the second freshly-started grass fire near Stroud Wednesday afternoon. When the group in SUV got back to their camp group a few miles away from the blaze, Bob Moore Chopper 4 taped them hastily packing up their belongings, hitching their trailer to the SUV and getting ready to leave the area near […]

  • Bob Moore Chopper 4 above Cleveland County fires

    Check out the footage from Bob Moore Chopper 4 as it flew over the Cleveland County fire on Friday.  The fire started around the intersection of 120th St. and Cemetery ultimately leaving a path of destruction for over eight miles.  Fire crews from several departments including aircraft from the Oklahoma National Guard worked through the weekend to get the fire under control.  

  • Wildfire cuts Glencoe in half

    Saturday afternoon wildfires changed the landscape of Glencoe by literally dividing the town in half.   Fire crews as well as land owners and even Oklahoma National Guard aircraft raced to get the fire under control before it wiped the town off the map.  A wind shift later in the evening changed the fire from a mile-wide, six-mile long fire to a six-mile wide fire with nothing but dry grass and trees to keep it going.  Fire crews were able […]

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    Week in pictures from Bob Moore Chopper 4

    Well this week started out hot and I don’t mean just the weather. We started out Monday with a grass fire just north of Will Rodgers World airport where OKC FD was able to contain it before it reached any structures and allowing only five acres to burn on the windy day. Tuesday OKC FD had there work cut out for them as they battled a five-alarm chemical fire at the Bachman Services building, once again they did an incredible […]

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    Last week in pictures from Bob Moore Chopper 4

    From a golf ball drop to a Hazmat scare at the MD plant to severe weather, the last two weeks have had it all. I hope you enjoy.

  • Truck vs. House: House wins

    MOORE, Okla. — Just after lunch Tuesday, a tan Ford Ranger drove off the road colliding with a house in the Rock Creek in Moore.  Judging by the damage to the truck and lack of damage to the house, it made contact at a low speed which minimized the severity of the incident.   Moore Police and Fire were on scene trying to determine what went wrong.

  • Loading Patient Cemetery Rd Accident

    This Week in Pictures from Bob Moore Chopper 4.

    Severe car accidents stood out this week.We started out Monday, May 14 with an unfortunate fatal car accident on I-40 just to the west of the outlet mall.  Tuesday was an out-of-control teen driver who was doing donuts in the church parking lot and ended up crashing the truck into the pastor’s house.  Finishing the week out we had a van drive off the road in Mustang which ended up rolling, leaving the driver pinned.  Emergency crews were able to […]

  • Chopper 4 over Mustang rollover accident

    Here is a short clip of a rollover accident in Mustang off of Cemetery Rd. just south of S.W. 29th St. Thursday afternoon.  The minivan drove off the road which caused the vehicle to roll, leaving it to rest about 35 feet east of Cemetery, pinning the driver. The OKC Fire Dept. as well as Mustang Fire Dept., EMSA, Eagle Med and local police were able to free the lady who was trapped and then transported to a local hospital […]

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    Union Pacific Steam Engine

    This is the only steam engine train that has never been retired. It amazed me how fast it went. We followed it from Chickasha to about Minco and it got up to 60 mph, top speed around 100 mph. It will be in El Reno for the weekend then north to Kansas.

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    Grant and Kay County damage

    We started out our day yesterday surveying the damage at Pond Creek on Hwy 60. We noticed slight damage to what appeared to be the fire station, as well as a gas station awning and a garage that was still in the framing process. We left Pond Creek and headed north above Hwy 84 which lied us into Jefferson. Jefferson was in good shape, some slight flooding on a few roads in town and minor roof damage, but all in […]

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    Heavy rains flood Kay County

    PONCA CITY, Okla. — The heavy rains have flooded Ponca City and much of Kay County. Bob Moore Chopper 4 and Pilot Jon Welsh are over the scene.