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Angel Flight East pilot brings masks from New Jersey to Roanoke

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — A volunteer New Jersey pilot with Angel Flights East flew 400 miles to Roanoke to bring masks to Carillon Clinic amid the COVID-19 pandemic

David Michaud has been volunteering for Angel Flights East for three years, but with the coronavirus outbreak stopping them from transporting patients, he and other pilots are transporting PPE instead.

“Pilots like myself, I’m a retired IT executive, we, you know I own my plane, and we’re looking for good things to do with it, this is one of them,” Michaud said.

Angel Flights East operates out of 14 states, with volunteer pilots using their own planes and funds to make trips ranging from 100 to 1,000 miles each. Michaud has made more than 10 trips, explaining he had to do something to help out during the pandemic.

“I happen to have gotten the COVID test, I was asymptomatic, and then I got an antibody test and I was COVID negative, but antibody positive, so I’m one of the lucky ones. I apparently was exposed to the virus, and I never really got terribly ill, so while I do feel walking around like Superman a while, that doesn’t guarantee immunity.”

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