Coppers and Choppers at Camarillo Airport

The annual Coppers and Choppers was held on July 16 at the Camarillo Airport. The event brings a variety of sheriff’s equipment for kids (and adults) to look up close and raises funds for the Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers FUTURE PILOT? - William Rowley, 3, of Moorpark talks with Dep. Lee Chapman, a crew chief with the Ventura County Sheriff's aviation unit, as he sits in one of the department's helicopters during the annual Coppers and Choppers event at the Camarillo Airport on July 16 in Camarillo.

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FUTURE PILOT? – William Rowley, 3, of Moorpark talks with Dep. Lee Chapman, a crew chief with the Ventura County Sheriff’s aviation unit, as he sits in one of the department’s helicopters during the annual Coppers and Choppers event at the Camarillo Airport on July 16 in Camarillo.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers HEAVY GEAR - Dep. Travis Neet, left, of the Ventura County Sheriff's Tactical Response Team, has Matthew Homan, 11, of Ventura try on a bullet-proof vest during the annual Coppers and Choppers event at the Camarillo Airport on July 16 in Camarillo.

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HEAVY GEAR – Dep. Travis Neet, left, of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Tactical Response Team, has Matthew Homan, 11, of Ventura try on a bullet-proof vest during the annual Coppers and Choppers event at the Camarillo Airport on July 16 in Camarillo.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers HI MOM! - Brady Fowler, 5, of Oxnard looks through a side port in the Ventura County Sheriff's Bearcat armored vehicle during the annual Coppers and Choppers event at the Camarillo Airport on July 16 in Camarillo.

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HI MOM! – Brady Fowler, 5, of Oxnard looks through a side port in the Ventura County Sheriff’s Bearcat armored vehicle during the annual Coppers and Choppers event at the Camarillo Airport on July 16 in Camarillo.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers REFLECTION - Carpenter Keigan, 3, of Thousand Oaks is reflected in the side mirror of the Ventura County Sheriff's big rig tractor during the annual Coppers and Choppers event at the Camarillo Airport on July 16 in Camarillo.

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REFLECTION – Carpenter Keigan, 3, of Thousand Oaks is reflected in the side mirror of the Ventura County Sheriff’s big rig tractor during the annual Coppers and Choppers event at the Camarillo Airport on July 16 in Camarillo.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers POPULAR EVENT - Hundreds gathered at the Ventura County Sheriff's aviation unit at the Camarillo Airport for the annual Coppers and Choppers on July 16.

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POPULAR EVENT – Hundreds gathered at the Ventura County Sheriff’s aviation unit at the Camarillo Airport for the annual Coppers and Choppers on July 16.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers LOOK UP! - A copter of the Ventura County Sheriff's aviation unit performs a flyover during the annual Coppers and Choppers event at the Camarillo Airport on July 16 in Camarillo.

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LOOK UP! – A copter of the Ventura County Sheriff’s aviation unit performs a flyover during the annual Coppers and Choppers event at the Camarillo Airport on July 16 in Camarillo.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers CSI CAMARILLO - Carlos Orantes, left, a crime scene investigator with the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, shows Teresa Maguire, 5, of Simi Valley how he obtains fingerprints from a piece of paper during the annual Coppers and Choppers event at the Camarillo Airport on July 16 in Camarillo.

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CSI CAMARILLO – Carlos Orantes, left, a crime scene investigator with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, shows Teresa Maguire, 5, of Simi Valley how he obtains fingerprints from a piece of paper during the annual Coppers and Choppers event at the Camarillo Airport on July 16 in Camarillo.

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