During the winter of 2000, the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office developed a program to assist senior citizens in our community. During this time, Dawson County contacted a company to pave several roads located within the county. The company needed a place to dispose of the removed trees. Members of the Sheriff’s Office suggested that the company could relocate the downed trees to the jail. The wood would be donated to individuals who could not afford to purchase wood and/or those who could no longer physically cut and haul their own wood.
A variety of equipment has been used to help facilitate this program. Items seized during drug investigations have been turned over to the Sheriff’s Office by court order. One of these particular items included a log splitter.
To ensure the wood was given to appropriate citizens, the Sheriff’s Office partnered with the Dawson County Senior Center to evaluate all firewood applications. The Sheriff’s Office plans to continue this service for many years to come.