The City of Dunkirk Police Department’s SRT Tactical Unit has finished a year-long project of refurbishing an Armored Truck for the Team and recently dedicated the Truck to the individuals that made the project possible.
SRT Unit Supervisor Sgt. Mark Gruber approached SRT Unit Commander Lt. Mark Timmerman, Chief Dave Ortolano and Captain Rich Kaus with an idea to apply for a Grant with the Brinks Security Corporation to receive one of their Armored Trucks for our Team at no cost. The idea was approved by the Chief with Mayor Willie Rosas on board to assist with any needs for the Project.
When the Truck was delivered Sgt. Gruber, Lt. Timmerman and Chief Dave Ortolano began the process of planning to refurbish the vehicle to fit the SRT Unit needs. The work started with our City Welder/Fabricator Ken Sek and City Mechanic Jason Schrantz completely gutting the inside of the Truck and modifications were made to the inside and outside of the Truck building it to the specifications that we needed for our Team. They also did mechanical work, installed the Emergency Lighting, Communications Equipment and a Winch. The work done by Ken and Jason absolutely exceeded our expectations and was done with minimal costs.
Once the modifications and installation of equipment was completed at the City Garage the Truck was taken to Mark Yerico of MRY Collision who donated 50% of the cost for the body preparation and painting of the truck to our specifications. Again our expectations were exceeded by the work Mark did for us.
In the final step of the process the Truck was taken to Cody and Taylor Britton of Southpaw Stripes & Signs to have the lettering done.
On behalf of the City of Dunkirk Police Department and the Community we serve we cannot thank Ken Sek, Jason Schrantz, Mark Yerico, Cody Britton and Taylor Britton enough for the outstanding work they did at a minimal cost to our Department. Without them and the work they did we would not be able to have this valuable piece of equipment. We are very grateful that we had the support we needed from our City Garage and Community Businesses for such an important project. Job Well Done !!!!
The acquisition and refurbishing of the SRT Truck will greatly increase the safety of our SRT Unit Members and the Community we serve for response to Serving Narcotics Warrants and Active Tactical Situations.
Pictured in Photos:
SRT Unit members with Taylor Britton, Mark Yerico, Jason Schrantz, Ken Sek
Dunkirk Police Officers attended with the Hazelton family, the official opening of the “Hazelton Dog Park,” named after Dunkirk K-9 Officer Matthew Hazelton who passed away recently.
“I am very pleased that the City of Dunkirk has dedicated the new Dog Park in memory of Officer Matthew Hazelton. Officer Hazelton was a dedicated Police Officer and K-9 handler. He was a very well-respected Police Officer who served the citizens of our community with Dedication, Integrity, Honor and Respect. Matthew will always be in our hearts and never be forgotten and the dedication of the Dog Park in his name will be a permanent memorial to the service he gave to our community,” said Chief David Ortolano.
“The dog park has been an amazing addition to the community. We are so appreciative and grateful that the city chose to name the park in memory of Matt and Nico. They are forever in our hearts and this was an incredibly special way to honor them both,” said Jennifer Hazelton.
Summer vacation has ended and school will be starting September 5th for students. The City of Dunkirk Police Department is reminding everyone to pay close attention to children as they walk to and from school and to obey the laws regarding speed in school zones, walking in the roadway, riding bicycles and yielding the right of way to stopped school buses.
The speed limit in school zones is 15MPH for all School areas except 20MPH on Rt.# 60 at School # 3 and 25MPH on Rt.# 5 at School # 7 from 7:00 AM until 3:30 PM any day that school is in session. The Police Department will have patrol officers checking the school zone areas for violations of the speed limit. Our priority in enforcing this law is for the safety of the children. As always voluntary compliance is very helpful but there will be strict enforcement and traffic summonses will be issued for the safety of the children. The few seconds it takes to slow down will not disrupt anyone’s day.
We want everyone to be aware and pay close attention to children who are walking to and from school, especially at intersections and crosswalks. A reminder to all motorists to please pay attention to and follow all directions of the school crossing guards and police officers who are at the intersections directing the children safely across the streets. Failure to stop as directed can result in the arrest of the vehicle operator. Please plan a little extra time to get to your destination while School is in session.
A very strict warning to motorists that they must stop for school buses that have their red lights flashing. All vehicles on the highway operating in any direction on single lane or multiple lane highways must stop before their vehicle reaches the school bus when the bus has it’s red flashing lights in operation. The operators of vehicles cannot proceed past any such bus until the lights stop flashing or they are signaled by the bus driver or a police officer to safely proceed. Violations of this law will be strictly dealt with and the punishment can range from heavy fines to jail time or a combination of both. We take violations of this law very seriously. Throughout the school year we will have patrols checking on school bus operations to ensure safety.
Parents are urged to talk with their children about the dangers of them talking with or getting into a vehicle with any strangers or entering a house of a stranger. If approached by any stranger teach your children to run away, scream, yell and find a teacher, police officer, crossing guard or an adult they know and tell them what happened. If your child has a cell phone talk with them about being familiar with street names and calling 911 for help in an emergency.
Parents who drop their children off at the Middle School on Eagle Street are to drop off only on the West side (the same side as the School) as dropping off on the East side will put the children in danger crossing the road in front of traffic and trying to make a left turn into the loop causes traffic back up and safety issues as well. There is signage in place that prohibits the left turn into the bus loop. We will have patrols in the area to monitor this situation.
We are also issuing a reminder to everyone about walking in the roadway. This is very dangerous and if traffic is obstructed it is a violation of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law and also the Penal Law depending upon the situation. Anyone riding a bicycle is reminded that they must follow all the rules of the road as if they were a vehicle. We will have enforcement in all areas to maintain vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle safety.
Again we are urging parents to talk with their children about these safety issues. By spending a few extra minutes as drivers of vehicles or as parents talking with their children everyone can help make school a safe, enjoyable learning experience. The children of today hold the key to the future and we must take the extra precautions to protect them and keep them safe.