The Burnet Police Department, joined by members of the Burnet VFW and Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force, unveiled the new patrol vehicle decorated in honor of veterans on Tuesday, Nov. 9. Pictured are (back row, from left) the squadron's Sonny Croom, veteran Steve Anderson, veteran Ed Holley, veteran and Officer J.J. Castro, veteran and Officer Shawn Kohler, the squadron's Henry Coram, veteran Tom Horton, Officer Jeremy Stewart, the VFW's Jim Meyer, (front, left) Officer Ryan Folkerts, Officer J. Phillips, Police Chief Brian Lee, the VFW's Jerry Holt, Sgt. Investigator Steven Vollmar, and Officer Dalton Buchhorn. Staff photo by Suzanne Freeman
After a couple of months of secrecy, the Burnet Police Department unveiled its newest patrol unit Tuesday, Nov. 9. Called a veterans appreciation vehicle, it was kept under wraps so it could be announced close to Veterans Day. It will go into service on that holiday, Thursday, Nov. 11.
The vehicle features decals of each of the five U.S. military branches, a yellow ribbon, camouflage highlights, and POW/MIA emblems.
“With having this out as a visible symbol every day, we hope the community will come out and recognize our veterans,” Burnet Police Chief Brian Lee said during the unveiling ceremony. “We hope veterans will see our officers and be encouraged to come out and talk to us.
“Our ultimate goal is this vehicle will remain a way of showing our appreciation to the veterans in our community and the sacrifices that have been made for all of us,” he added.