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Lee County deputies raise funds for rescue boat

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MONTROSE, Ia. (WGEM) -- Lee County Sheriffs deputies said they've raised $12,000 so far to buy a boat for their dive team.

Sheriff Stacy Weber said they're selling special calendars for $25 dollars.

He said as an added bonus, each calendar has a number and every second Monday of the month a number will be drawn and the winner will get a prize, ranging from a Yeti cooler to a Winchester shotgun.

Weber said not having a boat has been a huge problem for them as there have been times where they have been called for rescues and recoveries.

"People call, we’re supposed to help them," he said. "I’m tired of standing on the side of the river watching others do our work."

Weber said they're looking for a boat that can handle their dive team plus all their gear and can make it to either end of the county within 10 minutes.

He said the boat they're looking at would be about 24 feet long with a 250 horsepower engine.

Weber said while a boat like that costs roughly $50,000, the need outweighs the price.

"I’m not taking shortcuts when it comes to the safety of our officers, the people I ask to go out into harms way," he said. "I’m not going to go cheap on bulletproof vests or guns. Why would I go cheap on boats and diving equipment?"

Those interested can buy calendars at:

  • Pilot Grove Savings Bank in Donnellson
  • Sonny’s Supermarket in West Point
  • Armstrong Tractor in Donnellson
  • Tri-State Outdoor Products in West Point
  • J.J. Nichting in Pilot Grove
  • Tri-State Stove Works in St. Paul
  • Eckland Motors in Keokuk
  • Lucky’s Irish Pub & Grub in Keokuk
  • Lee County Sheriff’s Office in Montrose
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Blake Sammann

Blake Sammann is a reporter and weekend anchor at WGEM News.

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