Osceola County Sheriff's Office purchases 15 ResQ Discs

REED CITY — Every Osceola County Sheriff’s Office patrol car is now equipped with a simple tool designed to save lives by assisting in water rescues.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office recently purchased 15 ResQ Discs, a Frisbee-like device with a nylon rope designed to be thrown to a person needing to be rescued.

“You just take it, unwrap it and get off about 20 feet of rope and toss it like a Frisbee toward the person in distress,” explained Osceola County Undersheriff Justin Halladay while demonstrating.

Although Halladay has known about the discs for some time, cost and other factors had kept him from purchasing.

“They were about $100 apiece originally and that was just too much,” Halladay said. “But we were able to get them for less than half of that at $40 each, so it felt like the right time.”

The money to purchase the items came from the sheriff’s office budget, adding the device to the equipment which outfits each patrol vehicle.

“We put new equipment in our patrol cars each year, whether it’s first aid kits or spray paint for accident scenes. Our cars have a lot of gear in them,” Halladay said. “This was an opportunity to add to that equipment and better serve people in our area by offering potentially life-saving equipment.”

Throughout Osceola County there are plenty of lakes, along with portions of the Muskegon and Hersey rivers, so being prepared with ResQ Discs makes sense, Halladay said.

“Whether people are swimming, canoeing or tubing in the summer, or using the water during this time of year for ice fishing and riding snowmobiles, it’s nice to know we have a tool we can give to them to possibly save their life without unnecessarily putting officers’ lives at risk,” he said. “This is going to be a really good tool for us.”

Another bonus of the device is the fact it is not a one-time use tool and each disc should last many years, Halladay said.

“We’re happy to have them,” he said. “We don’t want to have to use them, but if we do have a water rescue situation we’re going to be glad we have these devices.”