New BERT Pilot Gives Back to His Home Country

“Being a pilot is more than a profession, it is a passion — and this may be the best way I can give back to the development of my country, Belize.”

This past spring, Belize Emergency Response Team (BERT) — our partner for more than 30 years in Belize — hired Henry Salgero, a lifelong native of San Pedro, Belize, as the organization’s new pilot in command. Salgero, who has long dreamed of being a pilot, was drawn to his new position due to the humanitarian nature of the work. BERT provides nationwide medical air evacuation coverage using a Piper Cherokee supplied by Wings of Hope.

Salgero expressed his feelings about flying for BERT in a May 31, 2021, blog post:

“I am grateful to have been given this opportunity to be part of a humanitarian lifesaving service, more so to be able to give back and contribute to the development of my country. The Belizean people are constantly in need of our help. They depend on us for hope when crises arise, and I am honored and privileged to be able to assist our citizens in providing that hope. The few flights we have conducted thus far has allowed me to experience the monumental task BERT undertakes daily to make a difference in Belize, especially as we fight to minimize the impacts of Covid-19 in Belize.”

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