BROOKFIELD, Conn. -- Usually it’s the bad guys who do the breaking in, but under certain circumstances, it’s law enforcement officers that have to force their way into a car or a home, said Brookfield police.
Recently, police had to break into a vehicle where someone had locked their dog . The temperature outside was 80, but inside the car, it was close to 114 degrees.
Now, reaching victims will be a lot easier thanks to the donation of lifesaving equipment by Ring’s End, a building materials store in Bethel. Ring’s End, which is on Taylor Avenue, gave police 10 multipurpose demolition/wrecking bars, enough to outfit every car in the department’s fleet.
The donation was organized by Ring’s End employees Richard Clyne and Rob Campbell Jr., police said. Clyne knows how important the proper equipment is to rescuing incapacitated people, or pets, since he’s a local firefighter.
Veteran officer Sgt. Robert Pennoyer recognized the need for a compact, yet versatile, forcible entry tool, police said. He mentioned it to Campbell, who got the ball rolling.
The wrecking bars are made of drop-forged steel by Stanley Tools and are usually used for construction demolition jobs.