Anna Faldalen and the SRU Team including Dep. Greg Baker (left), Dep. Ed Holden (middle) and Dep. Justin Feddersen (right) stand beside newly named SWAT vehicle “Boomer.”
Conestoga Elementary student wins contest to name CCSO’s newly acquired armored Vehicle
Conestoga Elementary School student, 12-year-old Anna Faldalen, was chosen as the winner by the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office to name the Special Response Unit’s (SRU) newly acquired tactical vehicle.
Sheriff Scott Matheny and the SRU members voted on multiple entries and decided on the name “Boomer” provided by Anna.
The SRU crew and D.A.R.E. Officer Deputy Ed Holden made a special trip to Anna’s house in “Boomer” on Tuesday afternoon to give her a first-hand glimpse at the new vehicle and to let her personally place the decals on the vehicle herself.
She was given a celebrity tour of the vehicle and taken for a ride around the neighborhood.
“I thought it was a smaller truck, not a monster truck!” Anna said excitedly, as she was greeted by her CCSD Students Without Alcohol and Tobacco (SWAT) teachers Kati Knutson and Taylor Willard along with the SRU Team.
SRU Commander, Lt. Paul Pownall, initiated the “Name the Armored Vehicle Challenge” last September to help build a positive relationship between local law enforcement and the community. Students were given the opportunity to select the new name for the armored Caiman Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) and MaxxPro armored vehicles. The winner of the MaxxPro naming contest will be announced this fall. Both tactical vehicles were decommissioned from the U.S. Military and gifted to Campbell County at no cost. They have already been used over a dozen times in Campbell, Crook, Sheridan and Weston counties.