Klamath County Sheriff gets 'MRAP' armored vehicle

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Fri, June 6 2014 at 3:08 PM, Updated: Fri, June 6 2014 at 10:24 PM

Klamath Falls, Ore. - It's nearly 10 feet tall, can go 65 miles an hour, and stops bullets.

It's a million-dollar vehicle, and it's now in use at the Klamath County Sheriff's Office.

During a recent shootout in Washington State, Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah says an armored vehicle like this one was put to the test...

"All 20 rounds bounced off the armored personnel carrier.  Nobody got hurt.  That's why we got this thing."

Sgt. Ryan Huntsman of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office notes that Klamath County got the vehicle at no charge through a government surplus program...

"To the best of our knowledge, this particular caiman plus was used in Afganistan."

Sgt. Huntsman adds the 'MRAP', or 'Mine Resistant Ambush Protection' vehicle can be used to safely transport police, or get people out of harm's way...

"Persons that are in need of rescuing and high-risk situations, where the vehicle can be used as a shield."

The fully refurbished vehicle was delivered to Klamath Falls at no charge by Burlington Northern.

Sheriff Frank Skrah believes it will save lives...

"This is a necessary tool in today's environment."

Skrah says he plans to pursue getting a helicopter through the government surplus program next.

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Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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