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ROMANTIC SPIRIT GETS DEPUTIES IN TROUBLE

It was all in the name of love, but that may not help two county helicopter pilots who flew a police officer friend to a park so that he could propose to his girlfriend.

Sheriff's Deputies Robert Bowles and Richard Van Orden used the department helicopter without authorization to fly Aaron Phillips to the park in August.

Phillips, an officer in the town of Marcellus, popped the question, and his girlfriend, State Trooper Christine Tucker, accepted.

"It's a very romantic and touching kind of story. It's just a shame it is in direct violation of department policy, and for that we will take whatever action is deemed necessary," said Sheriff Kevin Walsh, who learned of the incident last week.

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