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Sheriff uses military Humvee to save stranded drivers

(PHOTO: FOX19/ Lisa Hutson) (PHOTO: FOX19/ Lisa Hutson)
ADAMS COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Plows and salt can do a lot of the work but in some places in the Tri-State, like Adams County, emergency crews need a little extra help to fight the snowy conditions. Surplus military vehicles came to the rescue.

They are not your typical sheriff's office vehicles but Adams County Sheriff Kimmy Rogers said last year in difficult winter storms they can save lives. It turns out, he was right.

"We've got one vehicle off the road here,” said Deputy Jason Daniels on a steep hill in West Union Ohio Monday afternoon.

A pickup truck pulling a trailer had traveled down the snowy road too fast sliding into a ditch five-feet below. A truck in a ditch isn't unusual in Adams County, but a deputy coming to a driver's aid in a military Humvee certainly is.

A deputy tried to respond to the accident was stuck at the bottom of the hill in a 2-wheel drive police cruiser. In August 2014 while describing the need for police agencies to have military grade vehicles, Sheriff Kimmy Rogers predicted this exact situation.

"You can look at this road we are driving right now. Imagine middle of winter. 6 inches of snow on this road with no four wheel drive vehicle,” said Sheriff Rogers.

According to Rogers, Adams County has some of the toughest rural terrain in the state making it difficult for crews to respond in an emergency in inclement weather.

The military Humvee came from a government surplus program provided through the Department of Defense. After a scale back in operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, the military began selling the equipment for cheap or giving it away to police agencies. It's one of two military vehicles Adams County owns.

While it does garner some attention, Deputy Jason Daniels said it is a vital piece of equipment helping them respond faster and safer to emergency calls.

"It's important for us to get there before the squad gets there and we have to have a vehicle that can actually make it,” said Daniels.

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