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February 12, 2013

Silverados to the rescue

Police hop in trucks for storm, courtesy of Amesbury Chevrolet

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“It still became a little iffy,” Gagnon said.

Gagnon’s problems were solved when he received Fecteau’s phone call.

“Which turned out to be huge for us,” the police chief said.

Since the Route 110 car dealership opened, it has become an important part of the community, Gagnon said. He pointed to the success of the recent “Be A Buddy, Not A Bully” campaign in which Fecteau played a vital part.

Fecteau said yesterday that reaching out to the police department was a no-brainer.

“I don’t think it was that generous, honestly. I have 100 trucks here collecting snow. Pretty much when you’re part of the community, you have to do your part,” Fecteau said.

Gagnon said they put about 200 miles on the trucks between picking them up Friday and returning them Sunday. And except for gasoline, the trucks didn’t cost taxpayers a cent.

“Kudos to Amesbury Chevrolet is right,” Gagnon said.

Asked if he could see the department asking Amesbury Chevrolet for the use of their trucks in the future, Gagnon said that conversation would take place, adding it might make more sense to accept the generosity of a community partner rather than purchasing new four-wheel drive vehicles only to use them sporadically.

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