Sheriff's Department to get new rescue-boggan

LAKE COUNTY — The Lake County Sheriff's Office recently ordered a rescue-boggan at no cost to the department. Sgt. Robert Myers worked with the Lake County Homeland Security and Emergency Management Office to obtain a $2,601.04 grant to cover the expense. The rescue-boggan is equipped to easily navigate snowmobile trails in emergency situations.

"This equipment will greatly assist the sheriff's office, fire departments, along with EMS in Lake County," said Lake County Sheriff Rich Martin. "It will assist when responding to disasters in such areas as the Manistee National Forest and Pere Marquette State Forest which covers almost half of Lake County."

In addition, an ATV conversion wheel kit also was ordered so the unit can be used on the ORV trails which consist of over 300 miles in the county.

The rescue-boggan, which is pulled behind a snowmobile or ORV, has a molded polyethylene body, making it exceptionally strong, lightweight and easily towed, according to Martin.