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Lebanon ESU Team Seeks State Grant for a New Armored Vehicle

Lebanon Police Officer Ryan Adams (left) and Lebanon County D.A. Pier Hess Graf discuss a grant proposal for the purchase of a new, armored vehicle for the county’s ESU Team. 

Lebanon County District Attorney Pier Hess Graf came before County Commissioners recently to seek permission for a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development to purchase a brand new, armored vehicle.

It would be used by the county’s Emergency Services Unit when they have to respond to certain large scale crisis situations:

While the D.A. was reluctant to provide specific details about the vehicle for security reasons, she said it would be armored and able to transport 10 to 12 fully equipped officers inside.

Graf was flanked by Lebanon Police Officer Ryan Adams, who serves on the ESU team. He said the vehicle will not only transport officers, it can also be used to transport civilians in crisis situations.

One such case was a few years ago, when a man shot a gun through a hotel room door in the northern part of the county and created a barricade situation:

A smaller, less-sophisticated ESU trailer will likely be sold, according to Graf.  County Commissioners unanimously approved the grant request.