Sheriff gets two Humvees

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Tribune photo by Clint Confehr The second of two Humvees obtained by the Marshall County Sheriff's Department has the fast back configuration that leads up to a gun turret.

By Clint Confehr

Senior Staff Writer

Marshall County Sheriff Norman Dalton has obtained two Humvees for use by his department, the sheriff told county commissioners on the Law Enforcement Committee on Friday.

The two military Humvees arrived that afternoon and were parked in the department's large metal building on First Avenue North where a variety of other department vehicles are stored.

Dalton sees the vehicles as being useful "during snow or high water," he explained, but one of them is configured in a way that could be a life-saving time-saver for injured people.

"One has a wide space down the middle," Dalton said. It's a suitable place for a stretcher "if an ambulance can't get through the woods."

Detective Bob Johnson went to the Alabama National Guard Headquarters in Montgomery, Ala., with Greg Daniel of the Marshall County Highway Department on Friday to pick up the Humvees.

"We brought them back on a semi tractor trailer with a flat bed," Johnson said. "The county highway department provided the truck."

Johnson estimates the Humvees' value at about $40,000 each.

"The military has kept good maintenance on them," he said. "We're going to get snorkels on them" so they can be driven through deep water.

The ride provided by the Humvees is "more comfortable than you'd think," the detective said.

The Humvees have some different features.

"You don't start them like a regular vehicle," Johnson said. "And you can't just turn the lights on like a regular vehicle... They have things like so you could drive with night vision."

County employees who might be able to drive them must become familiar with the Humvees before being allowed on the road with them. Government license plates will be sought from County Clerk Daphne Fagan.

The sheriff's department will be "putting in for more vehicles, but we've not been approved for more yet," Johnson said.