Rusk Co. (WQOW) — Authorities in Rusk County have a new way to honor fallen Deputy Dan Glaze. A new armored humvee will help keep other officers safe, and his memory alive.
“Unfortunately there’s a lot of times where we go to a call, or we go to a scene where our squad cars aren’t going to protects us,” Chief Deputy Phil Grassmann told News 18.
The vehicle was previously used in the military, but now it’s customized for the Rusk County Emergency Response Team.
“We need to keep other people safe. We need something that’s going to stop rounds from hitting officers, from hitting civilians, from hitting deputies,” added Grassmann.
The team named it ‘The 110’ as a way to honor Dan Glaze. That was Glaze’s badge number. It will now serve as a memorial, as it protects the citizens of Rusk County, just as Glaze swore to do.
“Dan always wanted to be on a tac team, a tactical unit. He had taken some training to be a part of the team. Unfortunately he was killed before he had that chance,” Grassmann said.
Deputy Dan Glaze will never fade from memory in Rusk County, as the armored vehicle gives them a new sense of security.
“Perfect world, ideal world, it would sit in this shed until I retire,” Grassmann commented. “I think our guys, when rolling up to a bad situation, they’ll feel a lot more secure in a vehicle like that.”
Deputy Grassmann also said many local businesses donated time and money to customize the Humvee for the department. Even much of the equipment inside was paid for thanks to the annual emergency response team fundraiser.