Drones Ignite New Hope for Finding Lost Loved Ones

Gene Stansbery, a resident of North Platte, Nebraska, is leveraging the power of drones to turn misfortune into hope for families with missing pets and people. Stansbery has turned his fear of heights into a passion for flight, specifically piloting drones, and has since been using this technology to help those in distress.

“I got the equipment, and I really enjoy doing this,” Stansbery shared. “It's a passion of mine to help people.” His work is pivotal in quick-response situations, where every minute counts. The faster the response, the higher the probability of a successful search.

Drones Ignite New Hope For Finding Lost Loved Ones

A family experienced this first-hand when Daisy Mae, their service dog, went missing following a car crash in Sutherland, . With the dog lost for days, the local non-profit PAWS-itive Partners enlisted Stansbery's help. Stansbery, and other like-minded community members, dedicated over a week to the search for Daisy Mae.

After days of relentless searching, the heartwarming reunion finally took place in Southerland. Daisy Mae, although faced with an infection, exposed tendons, a slight limp, and a tick infestation was finally back with her family, who was deeply grateful for her return.

Drones Ignite New Hope For Finding Lost Loved Ones

Stansbery's dedication to assisting people using his exemplifies how innovation can transform personal passions into life-changing actions. His story serves as a powerful testament to the potential of beyond recreational and commercial use, proving its worth as a vital tool for community service.

Photos courtesy of NBC 2 Nebraska.


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Haye Kesteloo
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Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of DroneXL.co, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and EVXL.co, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ dronexl.co or @hayekesteloo.

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