West Wind Aviation donates gift of “Jaws of Life” to Fond du Lac

Posted on September 23, 2019 in Giving Back. Tags: Explorer Newsletter Fall 2019 |

Pictured (left to right): Michael Rodyniuk, CEO of West Wind Aviation, Derek Cook, Fond du Lac Fire Chief, Chief Louie Mercredi, Fond du Lac.

On June 10, 2019, West Wind Aviation presented a Jaws of Life to the community of Fond du Lac. Fond du Lac’s Jaw of Life was destroyed during the rescue operation of West Wind Flight 280 on December 13, 2017. Jaws of Life are hydraulic tools used to pry open vehicles involved in accidents when people may be trapped. “This can literally open anything,” said Micheal Rodyniuk, CEO of West Wind Aviation. “West Wind had committed to replacing this life-saving equipment for the community, and I was delighted to make good on that promise today.” The Jaws of Life was presented by Michael Rodyniuk, CEO of West Wind Aviation to Derek Cook, Fond du Lac Fire Chief and Chief Louie Mercredi during the Father Gamache Memorial School Grade 12 Graduation ceremony on June 10. The Jaws of Life are valued at approximately $25,000. “I want to thank West Wind Aviation for the replacement of our Jaws of Life,” said Chief Louie Mercredi at the graduation ceremony. “This is a crucial piece of equipment that we need. This Jaws of Life mean a lot to us.” The event also marked the ATR 42’s return to the community, which increased airline’s capacity in the area with both the SAAB 340 and the ATR 42 now running.