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Village adds two cruisers to its fleet

COAL GROVE — A Coal Grove Police cruiser that was totaled in a single-car crash on U.S. 52 last month will be replaced and another one added to its fleet when the village receives two cruisers recently purchased from the City of Ironton.

Officer Jake Emnett was taken St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, W.Va., after he crashed his cruiser while en route to a call around 4:20 p.m. on March 12 at the highway’s twin bridges above Muth Lumber.

“We received an insurance check in the amount of $11,000 for the cruiser,” Shawn McDaniel, Coal Grove council member, said. “We bought two cruisers from the Ironton Police Department for $13,000 so we only had to spend $2,000 of the village’s money to buy both cars.”

Ironton Mayor Rich Blankenship notified the Ironton City Council at its regular meeting this past Thursday the Village of Coal Grove offered to pay $13,000 for two of the city’s three retiring police cruisers.

The two cars – one 2008 and one 2009 Ford Crown Victoria — will have to be outfitted with a light bar, striped and lettered before being utilized, McDaniel said.