State Trooper Injured After Falling 40 Feet From Helicopter

He was supposed to rappel out of a helicopter and into a marijuana field.

Instead, something went wrong, and a state police trooper ended up falling 40 feet.

Kentucky State Police say the accident happened Tuesday afternoon in Bell County.

They say Trooper Cory Nokes was rappelling out of a helicopter, into a marijuana field, when his rappelling equipment malfunctioned.

He then fell 40 feet into the field.

Nokes suffered a broken leg and a dislocated ankle. He was flown to UK Hospital and underwent surgery.

Nokes is said to be in fair condition at the hospital. He's expected to come back to work after recovering.

The mission in Bell County continued despite Nokes' injury. Police ended up destroying nearly 200 marijuana plants.


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  • by Joannie Location: Nashville,Tn on Sep 24, 2008 at 12:45 PM
    I appriciate everything that you do, as well as all of the other law enforcement officers who risk their lives every day.I have been praying for you,as well as our church.I work with your sister at walmart.Keep up the good work you're doing a great job
  • by Amber Location: Nashville,Tn. on Sep 20, 2008 at 09:25 PM
    May God be with you during your recovery!I work with your sister at Wal-Mart and if you are anything like her I know you are a special person.
  • by tammy Location: frenchburg on Sep 20, 2008 at 08:01 PM
    my son-in-law does this job also, and I am glad the trooper is ok, what these guys are doing is great, go get them all!!
  • by Necole Location: Pikeville KY on Sep 20, 2008 at 02:12 PM
    How can anyone sit and say this man deserves this, etc for doing the right thing. It shows what kind of person(s) you really are. Probably the ones that has pot growing in your backdoor, or making meth in the kitchen around your kids. This man was probably taken from his family for months to heal while cleaning up your dirty messes. While your sitting ONLINE making negative comments, and pointing fingers, remember while pointing theirs three pointing back at you.. It will probably take you as long to figure that statement out, as it will for you to understand what a wonderful job this man had done, and was doing. Get well soon Officer Nokes.
  • by lost man Location: pike on Sep 20, 2008 at 12:42 PM
    well why dont they just bomb the plants i am sure they can spray weed killer anything but jumping out of a good plane think all drugs should be given out by state to peeps cause ever day someone od and die no mater what they do its a fact have drug stores give them there fix everday they go home and get ready to go back the next day for there fix they dont have to kill steal or drive up and down the road just lay back and enjoy what ever it does for them i dont want to sound mean or cold hearted but i have lost my brother to pills we tried everthing there is really no help for the poor and it destroyes the whole family but if u take dope you will die no way around it and it will never stop pray that everone can find the help to stop but dont get ur hopes up cause they will die
  • by Deborah Location: Georgetown on Sep 19, 2008 at 08:36 PM
    To Pappy and Bill--it's pretty plain what your occupation is. Growing your crop and waiting for your welfare check. Thank God for officers like this that are trying to weed out the pond scum like you.
  • by Nurse Location: y on Sep 19, 2008 at 04:41 PM
    The marijuana needs to be destroyed.this may be somewhat natural, but it has to be planted, cultivated and harvested in order to get in proper condition to be sold on the streets.If a teenager gets to using this on a regular basis, then finally they want to try other kinds of drugs to get a bigger buzz.It isn't the older people using that is as much concern, but all our children is the biggest concern.Studies have shown teenagers that use Marijuana are mor likely to try the harsher drugs.It is time for adults to stand up for what is right and be a role model for our children.I have the greatest respect for our law enforcement.Keep up the good work.
  • by Levonda on Sep 19, 2008 at 04:08 PM
    I respect our State Troopers and we take the things they do for granted.I hope you have a speedy recovery. My son is 18 years old and wants to be a state trooper. I know that it takes a special kind of person to be able to be a trooper.We have a lot of friends that are troopers from the Morehead Post.You are in our prayers and remember God was watching over you.
  • by Note to RockClimber on Sep 19, 2008 at 09:38 AM
    Let's hope you never get ahold of faulty equipment since you are so high and mighty. Equipment failures can happen with anything that is man-made. Has your car ever broken down? Your refrigerator or tv quit working? You sir, are a waste of human flesh.
  • by RockClimber Location: N/A on Sep 19, 2008 at 07:08 AM
    When the report comes out, you'll find that the officer was negligent in using the rappelling equipment. There is no possible way he would have fallen using proper rappelling techniques. Equipment failure ... ha ... you lemmings will believe anything
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