Lake Hallie (WQOW) – An officer with the Lake Hallie Police Department said the department is more than equipped for responding to emergencies now that officers have buoys in their squad vehicles.
Last week Zacho Sports Center donated eight buoys with attached 60-foot ropes to the police department. The buoys will be used for water rescues.
Lake Hallie police said it only makes sense for officers to have buoys as Lake Hallie, the Chippewa River, private and public ponds surround the area, along with events like FATFAR, which is a large tubing event.
Officer Tim Bowman with Lake Hallie police said the buoys can help save a life, and buy time before rescue teams can get to the person who needs help.
"It’s very important just because the simple fact that police officers are considered first responders, and if we can get there and help a situation get resolved before anything else happens, its a win-win for everybody," Bowman said.
Bowman recalled an incident back in 2013 where a boat trailer had slipped into the water, dragging an attached van where a boy was trapped inside. Bowman said bystanders were able to free the boy, and he then performed CPR. He said that is just one example of when a buoy would have been helpful.
Bowman said relationships are important with the community because it keeps the community strong and safe.