An ASO Deputy's Life-Saving Vision
The rook is a new piece of swat team equipment designed to save lives and respond to emergencies.
It's already in use in Jacksonville and Orange County and is on the market across the country, but the idea was breed right here in North Central Florida.
Alachua County Sheriff's Deputy Jeremey Eckdahl drew from his experience on ASO's swat team to ink his first draft for the vehicle nearly a decade ago.
What began as an idea on a napkin, turned into a real life apparatus that can be used to protect swat teams, help get hostages out of dangerous situations and even clean up after natural disasters like hurricanes.
The rook can move cars, pick up massive trees and even has a camera that gives swat teams a safe view inside a building before they are deployed.
It costs about 280 thousand dollars.
ASO says they would love to have one of their own, but can't afford it with their current budget.
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