House of Wheels, the Yamaha motorcycle dealership in Brownwood, celebrated its 45th anniversary with an open house Wednesday that included an $1,800 donation to the sheriff’s office to buy a drone.
House of Wheels president and operator/owner Terry McDonald and his wife, Pam, presented the check to Sheriff Vance Hill. Dave Fair, who is working part-time with House of Wheels, and Chief Deputy of Corrections Becky Caffey stood stood near a podium with the McDonalds and Hill for the announcement and presentation, and other House of Wheels employees stood in a group nearby.
The drone, which includes a Go Pro camera and monitor, will give law enforcement officers a “bird’s eye view” in search and rescue and tactical operations, Hill said.
“Thank you all very much,” Hill told the McDonalds. “This is so awesome. It’s really awesome that community businesses will support law enforcement the way they do. This tool will be utilized by not only the sheriff’s office but other law enforcement within the county. We’re going to share it when the need comes up.
“The technology in law enforcement is so ever-changing, and this is a pretty neat technology for the field of law enforcement.”
The drone, which will be bought from a company called Intrensic, will be delivered in four to six weeks, and the company will send a trainer to Brownwood, Hill said.
Law enforcement officers will be able to watch activities in real time on the monitor and also store video. The drone will come with four rechargeable batteries that will give the drone a total of 80 minutes of flight time, Hill said.
“We’re real excited about it,” Hill said. “It will have many uses for this department.”
McDonald said he had a goal at age 13 of owning a motorcycle shop. Twelve years later — on Nov. 15, 1972 — “my dream became a reality,” McDonald said. “It’s been said, if you get a job you love, you’ll never have to work a day in your life.
“I think that’s about 70 percent true. We’ve faced some challenges over the years, but the good Lord gave me two wonderful women to get me this far.”
McDonald said the business was able to make the donation to the sheriff’s office “because of the many years of our loyal customer support. I’ve always been a supporter of law enforcement. It just seemed like the right thing to do.”
House of Wheels’ open house will run through the end of November. People can stop at the store at 220 N. Main and register for a drawing for a $45 Kroger gift card. The drawing will be held at noon Nov. 30. No purchase is necessary and it is not necessary to be present to win.
House of Wheels has new and used motorcycles, ATVs, side-by-sides, go carts and children’s models. The business also houses ASAP Creative Arts.