ANNE EICKSTADT PHOTO Belvidere Republican
(From left to right) Matt Scharz and David Bareham of Enbridge, Sen. Dave Syverson, Rep. Joe Sos-nowski, Dan Zaccard, and Sheriff Dave Ernest with the donated four-wheel-drive truck.

By Anne Eickstadt


On Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 11 a.m. the Boone County Sheriff’s Office received a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado truck, complete with box and lift, from local energy transportation company Enbridge. The vehicle donation will be assigned to the Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and will replace the agency’s 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe.

One of the primary uses of this vehicle is pulling the MABAS rescue/recovery boats, which are used throughout the region for emergency search and rescue purposes. The vehicle will also be used by law enforcement personnel during major snow events.

“We will put the sonar unit in the front box,” said Fire District #2 Firefighter Rodney Kampfranz, EMA Water Rescue team leader. “We have already measured it. We will carry the mustang suits in the larger box.”

“We realize that when an emergency strikes,” said Emily Cutka, Senior Community Engagement adviser at Enbridge, “You need to be ready. We’re here to celebrate the work that Dan Zaccard and the Boone County EMA is doing.”

“This partnership started when Matt Schwarz [of Enbridge] and I discussed the need for a new vehicle,” said Dan Zaccard, Boone County EMA director. Now we can retire the 1999 vehicle we’ve been using.”

“We’re very excited to receive this four-wheel-drive Chevy from Enbridge,” said Sheriff Dave Ernest. “It will replace the two-wheel-drive truck we have and will be used to pull the EMA rescue boats in Boone County and around the area.

“This is huge for the community. We’ll be able to reach areas we couldn’t get to. Our volunteers go all over with the EMA search and rescue team. We’d be lost without our volunteers.

“A couple months ago we reached out to Enbridge and told them what our needs were. They came up with a vehicle. We are very blessed to have this. It is awesome to have a company like Enbridge in Boone County. They take care of the Belvidere Police Department and the Boone County Sheriff’s Department. They are very good partners to have.”

Enbridge Area Manager David Bareham said, “I cover the Indiana and Illinois area for Enbridge and I can give away two vehicles this year. This is one of them.”

Sen. Dave Syverson and Rep. Joe Sosnowski attended the donation event and gave their sincere thanks to Enbridge for supporting Boone County EMA and law enforcement. “Enbridge has always been there when we needed a partner.”

About Enbridge

Enbridge Inc. is North America’s premier energy infrastructure company with strategic business platforms that include an extensive network of crude oil, liquids and natural gas pipelines, regulated natural gas distribution utilities and renewable power generation.

The Company safely delivers an average of 2.9 million barrels of crude oil each day through its Mainline and Express Pipeline, and accounts for nearly 65 percent of U.S.-bound Canadian crude oil production, and moves approximately 20 percent of all natural gas consumed in the U.S. serving key supply basins and demand markets.

Enbridge also has interests in more than 2,500 MW of net renewable generating capacity in North America and Europe. The Company has ranked on the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations index for the past decade. Information about Enbridge Pipelines can be found at

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