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Dodge Trucks Provided to Katrina
Devastated Waveland

by Bruce W. Smith - Special to GCN    Filed 9/17/05

Waveland police department took delivery of two brand new Dodge Ram 4x4 pickups and a four-wheel-drive Dodge Dakota this afternoon as part of a special loan from Daimler-Chrysler's Dodge Truck Division. The three pickups are part of 50 being put use as a gift from Daimler-Chrysler to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Hurricane Katrina wiped out all but one of Waveland's public vehicles including patrol cars and fire engines.
Dodge Division's Jason Vines, vice-president of communications helped spearhead the company's contribution.

Sgt. Peterson, and motorcycle patrol officers from Boston who are here to assist the Waveland police department, survey some of the catastrophic damage Katrina did to the city. The new Dodge Ram pickup is the first vehicles the city has had of its own since Katrina wiped out their entire fleet of emergency vehicles.


(Left) Sgt. Eddie Peterson of the Waveland police Department patrols the ravaged streets near the beach in a new Dodge Ram 4x4 pickup donated for the relief efforts by Daimler-Chrysler's Dodge Truck Division. The Police department lost every vehicle to the storm surge, which measured more than eight-feet deep at the police station.




(Right) Waveland Police Chief James Varnell and Officer Jill Barnett get ready to take one of their two new Dodge Ram 4x4 pickups out on patrol. Varnell says, "With this donation from Dodge, these trucks are the first rays of hope that our city is going to get back on its feet."




(Left) Members of the Beaufort, South Carolina, Transforming Our lives Through Christ (TLC) organization help Long Beach firefighter Fritz Raheinfrank load one of three Dodge 4x4 pickups loaned to them by Daimler-Chrysler's Dodge Truck division with backpacks filled with personal care items brought in by TLC.

The Long Beach fire department delivered the backpacks to the kids in the Ladner housing development on 28th Street soon after this photo was taken.


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