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Ex-ambulance, SHPD crime unit, gets new life as homeless aid vehicle


April 29, 2020

SHIRLEY BYRD, center, and Blue Valentine of the Street Outreach Team, receive the keys to this 1992 Ford E350, a retired ambulance and police incident command vehicle, from Sweet Home Police Chief Jeff Lynn.

An old ambulance that has gone through life as a police crime investigation unit and incident command vehicle is moving on to a new life: helping the homeless.

Police Chief Jeff Lynn handed the keys to the 1992 Ford E350 to Shirley Byrd and Blue Valentine of the Linn County Street Outreach Team on Thursday.

The Street Outreach Team is a collaborative group of volunteers from the community and various organizations who provide outreach services to people experiencing homelessness or housing instability. Services are provided with a goal of harm reduction and housing first.

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