The Muscogee County Sheriff's Office will be able to respond to active threats in a more effective and timely manner thanks to a Columbus gun shop's generosity.
The Shooter's Valhalla at 1205 1st Ave. #101 donated 27 easy-access tactical bags to the agency. Every sheriff's deputy in the field service division will be given one to store weapons, ammunition, medial kits and any other gear needed in an emergency situation.
"I just wanted to show my appreciation to the sheriff's department," business owner Gene Lively responded when asked about the reason behind the donation. "They're the guys out there protecting our homes and businesses and our lives. So if there is anything I can ever do to show my appreciation for what they do, it's a pleasure and honor."
Before the sheriff's office received the tactical bags, which cost about $65 each, deputies had to store their equipment on their person.
"[There are] several different compartments that will enable them to, rather than load their pockets, actually have a bag that they can just grab out of the car and move quickly," Lively said. "It enables them to respond quicker and more safely."
Muscogee County Sheriff John Darr said he greatly appreciates the fact Shooter's Valhalla offered the donation, stating that it will aid deputies in their effort to keep residents safe.
"We can't thank Mr. Lively and his organization enough," Darr said."
— Sarah is a crime & safety reporter at The Ledger-Enquirer. You can contact her on Twitter at @SarahR_92.