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Miller Grove FFA Skills Team Presents Shop-Made Battering Ram to Rockwall Police SWAT Unit

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The Miller Grove FFA Skills Team was happy to assist a community need by building a piece of equipment for an area law enforcement organization. Ag teacher and FFA sponsor Jeffery Gatlin let the students know how their skills could be used in a beneficial way by creating a battering ram for use by a SWAT team in rescue and apprehension. It was built to size, weight and balance specifications using scrap metal on hand and simple welds. The tool was presented to Rockwall Police Patrol Officer and SWAT member Troy Williamson on Thursday January 24 in the school shop. Williamson plans to add this to the “tool box” onboard his SWAT unit. He said the item would cost his department over $400. Gatlin stated that it cost his department less than $30 to build and that it gave the students a sense of pride that their gift might help save a life.

Rockwall SWAT/Patrol Officer Troy Williamson (left) explains the use of the battering ram in opening barricaded doors to the FFA class while Ag Teacher Jeff Gatlin looks on

Officer Williamson plans to add the new battering ram to his arsenal of SWAT tools onboard his patrol unit
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Author: Enola Gay

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