Sheriff’s department receives equipment grant

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Sheriff’s Department will be the recipient of a new boat for water patrolling.

The department is in line to receive a 2012 24-foot Boston Whaler Justice model fiberglass boat with twin outboard motors and a new trailer from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

The Oswego County Legislature must first approve the donation.

The department operates a marine and snowmobile unit. The members of the unit patrol the seasonal recreation areas of the county. The boat marine patrol covers the areas of Lake Ontario and Oneida Lake. It also has smaller patrol boats on various lakes, rivers and reservoirs. The unit responds to incidents and complaints throughout the county.

In 2008, the Oswego County marine patrol responded when West Monroe firefighters were called because a woman lay unresponsive in a boat at Three Mile Bay on Oneida Lake. The patrol helped firefighters find the woman.

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