Burbank Police Sgt. Robert Quesada has always been fascinated with aviation and airports.
“I knew Burbank had an air support unit,” Quesada said. “I said, ‘You know, I want to fly, I would love to fly one day.’”
Quesada would get his wish — more than once.
For the third time in his 30 years with the department, Quesada has been assigned to air support.
Since Nov. 1, the former department spokesman has served as the Officer in Charge for the air support unit for Burbank and Glendale police.
Burbank and Glendale police have shared the responsibilities and cost for three helicopters since 2007.
Quesada’s new role includes scheduling and ensuring the unit has the proper equipment while taking a shift once in a while.
“I also fly to keep current, a couple of times a month,” he said.
About 18 years into his career, in 1992, there was an opening in air support.