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Son picks up dad by helicopter from Birmingham church

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Dave Upton's son picked him up by helicopter from the church where he spent the night on Tuesday. Source: Anthony Moore/WBRC Dave Upton's son picked him up by helicopter from the church where he spent the night on Tuesday. Source: Anthony Moore/WBRC
The helicopter is owned by CraneWorks and Dave Upton's son has been using it to rescue stranded people, including a pregnant woman. Source: Anthony Moore/WBRC The helicopter is owned by CraneWorks and Dave Upton's son has been using it to rescue stranded people, including a pregnant woman. Source: Anthony Moore/WBRC
David Upton picked up his father Dave Upton by helicopter from the Birmingham church where he was sheltering for the night. Source: WBRC video David Upton picked up his father Dave Upton by helicopter from the Birmingham church where he was sheltering for the night. Source: WBRC video
FOX6 Reporter Melanie Posey interviews Dave Upton. Source: WBRC video FOX6 Reporter Melanie Posey interviews Dave Upton. Source: WBRC video
David Upton also rescued a stranded pregnant woman and flew her home in his helicopter. Source: WBRC video David Upton also rescued a stranded pregnant woman and flew her home in his helicopter. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

A Birmingham man rode home in a helicopter after his son picked him up Wednesday morning by chopper from the church where he spent the night.

Dave Upton's son David owns CraneWorks and had been using the helicopter to help other stranded people during the night, including a pregnant woman.

Upton took shelter from the cold and icy roads at 6th Avenue Church in Birmingham, along with about 100 other people who stayed there overnight.

Upton's son landed at the church parking lot around 10 a.m., scooped up his dad and flew him home.

"First time I've every been stranded, and then he came and picked me up," Upton said.

Upton praised the 6th Avenue church members for their warm welcome to him and many other strangers who would have otherwise been stuck in the cold.

"People are unbelievable at this church, I can't say enough good things about them," he said.

The other people still at the church were fed breakfast this morning. The church is one of many places across the state open as a warming station for people stranded in the icy weather.

To see a full list of warming stations and shelters, click here.

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