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Last of the rare 'BV Edition' Winchester rifles will be auctioned

Thursday, July 24, 2003

Auction to help Sheriff's Reserves

The Buena Vista County Sheriff's Reserve are raffling off a collector's edition rifle as a fundraising effort to help pay for the program's costs.

Tickets for the Winchester Model 94 3030, crafted by ANA Engraving in Rapid City, South Dakota, are being sold for $10 and the winner will be announced on Sept. 1, the Monday of Labor Day weekend.

The rifle, coated in 24 karat gold and engraved with various landmarks of Buena Vista County including the old library and train depot, is currently on display at Citizen's First National Bank where it will remain until the middle of next week. Only 1,000 tickets are for sale, so that people "know what their chances are," said Reserve Officer Roger Lorenzen.

Only ten models of the Buena Vista County collector's edition rifle were built. Nine were sold, and one was kept for the fundraiser. The rifle, valued at $3,000, has never been taken out of its locked case since purchased by the reserves and is fully functional.

"It is a very impressive rifle," said Lorenzen.

The money collected from the raffle will go towards purchasing equipment for reserves and training seminars. The expense of the required equipment and uniforms needed for the program is the responsibility of the Reserve Officers. They use the same required equipment as full-time deputies, from the handcuffs worn on the duty belt to the bullet proof vests. It costs between $1500-$1700 for each individual.

The BV County Sheriff's Reserves is a legal corporation recognized by the Iowa State Reserve Deputy Association. Officers get paid one dollar per year to remain eligible for worker's compensation.

Sheriff Chuck Eddy instituted the Reserve Program in 1999. Officers are trained and deputized as sworn law enforcement officers for BV County. They receive training as set by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. Reserve officers donate 12-20 hours per month between the required on-going training and ride time.

There are currently 14 reserve officers. Four or five reserves are at the point now where they patrol by themselves, Lorenzen said.

Besides the rifle raffle, "a one time thing," the Reserves hold other fundraisers such as a Valentine's Day Dance to help fund the program.

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