Brian Haasz, general manager of Haasz Automall of Dalton, School Resource Officer Matt Riley, Dalton Local Schools Superintendent Jim Saxer, and Dalton Mayor Dennis Finley pose with a pickup truck that was donated this summer to the village police department.
DALTON A new police pickup truck that has been in use since earlier this summer already is turning heads in the village.
Haasz Automall of Dalton donated the 2020 Dodge Ram Big Horn to the Dalton Police Department.
“We’re a big part of the community and we want to help out,” said Brian Haasz, general manager at the dealership. “We have a lot of employees here and we bring a lot of people from Massillon, Canton, Wooster and Orrville area and we want to give everything we can to the communities that support us.”
The primary function of the new vehicle is going to be for the school resource officers at Dalton Local Schools, said Dalton Police Chief Ryan Pearson. Officers Matt Shilling and Matt Riley are the two SROs.
In addition to being used at the schools, the plan for the truck is to be used for traffic details, and future events like 5K runs, and the Dalton Holidays Festival parade.
“It can be in front of the community,” Pearson said.
Community members primarily will see the truck around the school buildings during the school year.
Read the complete report in the Aug. 19, 2020 edition.