First responders in one eastern Kentucky community have a new tool that officials say will play a vital role when lives are in danger.
Thanks to an Operation Ranger grant and Legend Motor Sports, Whitley County Officials have a new 6-wheeler that officials say will save lives.
“Being able to use this equipment to more quickly get to the areas where these people are and more quickly get them out of the areas. I think this is going to be a very important life saving tool for our country," says Pat White Jr., Whitley County Judge-Executive.
Whitley County Judge-Executive Pat White Jr. says more and more people are enjoying the outdoors or riding an ATV or hiking at a state park. Sometimes the experience can take a turn for the worse, that's why officials say they plan to put the vehicle to good use.
“That creates greater danger for them if the county does not have similar tools to this, to be able to obstruct people from those areas,” says White Jr.
Legend Motorsports President Jimmy Bradford was one of the many who saw what the new vehicle can do. In a mock demonstration, Bradford says the 6-wheeler can do anything and go anywhere.
“Its all six wheels will turn at once, it can go a lot rugged terrain, it can go higher for us and get through places that a normal ATV or utility can't get to,” says Jimmy Bradford, Legend Motor Sports President.
Bradford says the county now has an edge when it comes to rescue missions, and that is something he says he is happy to be a part of.
“We just like to get involved with the community and lend a helping hand if we can. We are fortunate to have a very successful dealership and we love our community and we want to be able to make it better,” says Bradford.
Officials say the new vehicle is available for use immediately in Whitley County.