LONG BEFORE TIM FITZGERALD WAS FLYING A DESK AS THE
CLERK OF SPOKANE SUPERIOR COURT, HE WAS PILOTING MARINE
ONE OF HIS FREQUENT PASSENGERS.
A GUY NAMED BILL CLINTON.
18;41 that's a picture of me landing on the south
18;49 that's the south lawn and that the president
and the first lady walking out to get aboard marine
BACK IN 1996, THEN CAPTAIN FITZGERALD, WAS A PRESIDENTIAL
HE SAW LESS OF THE WHITE HOUSE AND MORE OF THE ROAD.
USING HIS HELICOPTER TO PICK PRESIDENT CLINTON AT
ONE OF HIS FAR FLUNG DESTINATIONS.
07;37 and then we would meet air force one when it
landed, pick the president up and take him out to
the l-z, the landing zone drop him off in the landing
zone and the president would get into the motorcade
to go further or he'd go straight into where his speaking
engagement was 07;48
THE MARINE CORPS TAUGHT FITZERALD TO TO FLY BUT ONLY
THE MOST HIGHLY RATED PILOTS ARE TRUSTED WITH THE
12;57 we are landing him on the pentagon helicopter
pad and he was getting off to make a speech about
the anniversary of battle of iwo jima 13;05 and he
was coming off the aircraft.
TIM FITZGERALD/ SUPERIOR COURT CLERK 05;55 now there
are jobs in life where there is like zero tolerance
for mistakes, that's one of them 06;00
MARINE ONE'S FLIGHTS HELP PROTECT THE PRESIDENT BUT
ALSO REDUCE THE TRAFFIC JAMS THAT COME WITH MOTORCADES.
15;19 president clinton, when he used to go to downtown
manhattan, to go a give speeches down there we used
to land him right on the wall street pad.15;25
13;22 very personable.
he would come into the cockpit and talk to you and
then when he left the aircraft, he would shake your
hand and say thanks for the ride, see you in a little
FITZGERALD MISSES HIS TIME IN CHOPPERS WHICH INCLUDE
FOUR COMBAT TOURS IN DESERT STORMS AND SHIELD.
22;57 i miss that, but i have a great job here, you
know as the county clerk, it's a terrific job , you've
met most of my staff and i have a terrific staff,
it's the second busiest office in the county 23;07
23;20 and so my goal, my main leadership goal is to
keep up from not being the bottle neck 23;24