today donated 365 horses to the Restore the Horse Foundation for the
Wayne County Sheriff’s Office mounted police unit. The horses are
corralled under the hood of a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado HD 3500 "dually"
pickup truck, which along with a horse trailer donated by Restore the
Horse, will be used to maintain and enhance the local mounted unit –
the last of its kind in the state of Michigan.
The mounted police unit provides a critical role to both the Wayne
County force and to the local community. Among other advantages, it
provides visibility, search and rescue, community relations, crowd
control and general patrol. The mounted unit was in dire need of a new
truck and trailer to support the multiple needs and requests it
Enter the Restore the Horse
Foundation. Established in July of 2007 to support the needs of the
sheriff’s mounted unit, the IRS-approved charitable trust is led by
Brig. Gen. Robert S. Raisch, USMC (Ret.). The group of Detroit business
and community leaders worked with local companies and individual donors
to secure donations to assist the local mounted unit. Most recently, it
secured the truck donation from Chevrolet, and the trailer was secured
with the help Michigan Trailer and Featherlite.
“We are grateful for the generosity of local companies like General
Motors, Michigan Trailer and Featherlite,” said Raisch. “It’s great to
see companies like these take an active role in improving their
The Chevrolet Silverado HD 3500 is
equipped with a Duramax Diesel engine and dual-rear wheels with 16,000
pounds of towing capacity and the security of OnStar.
"When we heard about this need in our own back yard, we wanted to
help," said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager. "There aren’t many
trucks on the market that will do what the Wayne County mounted unit
needs, but the Silverado HD fits the bill perfectly. We’re thrilled to
help out and satisfied to know this Chevrolet will be helping out
around the area for many years to come."
County Sheriff Warren Evans said that this dual donation will allow his
mounted patrol to help make Wayne County safer and friendlier.
“Having this fantastic new truck and trailer means that we can expand
the Sheriff's Mounted Patrol presence to more community events and be
better prepared for unexpected situations that may arise," Evans said.
"This is a huge leap forward for our officers. I can't thank our
friends at Chevrolet, Michigan Trailer and Featherlite and the Restore
the Horse Foundation enough for their generous support."