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EXCLUSIVE: How NYPD Aviation Unit keeps NYC safe on 4th of July

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The Aviation Unit is a key part of the massive effort to secure the nation’s largest Fourth of July party. It all starts with a flyover – the entire fleet is in tight formation – mere rotor blades apart. That is where the ceremony ends.

While police on the ground and the water are looking out for threats on the surface, Lieutenant Richard Knoeller and Officer Anthony Daniels were watching rooftops for snipers or other threats. They are armed with a camera that can zoom so far – it picked up the Eyewitness News van over a mile away.

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