N. Idaho man thanks deputies with $13K donation

KREM 2's Taylor Viydo explains what the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office plans to do with a generous donation.

KOOTENAI CO., Idaho – The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office recently received a generous donation that will results in new equipment for deputies.

Officials at KCSO said they were looking at getting newer equipment in the long run, but said it would take years to budget properly and would require going through the county.

Sheriff Ben Wolfinger said Jim Edwards, part owner of a Coeur d’Alene construction company, reached out to the Sheriff’s Office a month ago saying he wanted to give thanks to deputies. Wolfinger said he inquired about what KCSO needed.  

The Sheriff’s Office said they could use small flashlights that attached to their pistols and larger, more appropriate holsters to put their guns in.

Edwards then ordered one for every single patrol deputy through a local gun shop; a donation of nearly $13,000.

KSCO officials said the small pistol lights are important; during tense situations, they allow deputies to free up an extra hand and protect themselves. 

"It was pretty overwhelming, because it affects each and every deputy individually. And it could potentially save their life at some point," said Lieutenant Stu Miller. 

KREM 2 reached out to Edwards, but an employee said that he humbly declined any kind of interviews. He said the attention should be on the deputies. 

In a statement, Edwards said, "These people put their lives on the line every day they put the uniform on. They do it for very little pay and virtually no recognition. This was something I could do to say thank you -- I appreciate your efforts."



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