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Pendleton Police Department gets surprise gift from community

Posted at 5:35 AM, Feb 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-15 05:35:53-05

PENDLETON — Several businesses in Pendleton came together to surprise the police department with a much needed gift.

A dozen businesses raised nearly $9,000 to help pay for a generator for the police department.

The generator is something the department needs to ensure they can continue to operate when they lose power, especially during times like when a tornado ripped through the town in May, Chief Marc Farrer says.

"We have five major roadways," Farrer said. "What happens is we get a lot of crashes. Electric poles get ahead, power goes out. And at the police department, it has a major effect because everything is computer-based. It shuts it down, reboots, and causes issues there."

Re/Max owner Julie Schnepp helped lead the effort.

"We understand what risks these men are at," Schnepp said. "And to not have your department in a tornado have power and stuff, we thought never again will that happen."

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