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Supporters of law enforcement and vintage vehicle enthusiasts filled Oswego’s Main Street on Saturday for the return of the annual Chicagoland Emergency Vehicle Show, featuring squad cars and fire engines from throughout the Chicago area and across the country.
Started in 1998 by Chicago Police Sgt. Greg Reynolds, the Emergency Vehicle Show gathers together collectors, restorers and their vehicles to display the history of law enforcement and fire protection agencies.
During the weekend event, several local law enforcement agencies also displayed their skills through demonstrations of different situations they may be called to respond to. One such demonstration was performed by the Kendall County Special Response Team, a group made up of officers from local departments that provides supplemental assistance in cases like hostage and sniper situations, high-risk apprehension, high-risk warrant service, dignitary protection, and search and rescue.
During their demonstration, the Special Response Team, in the department’s MRAP (mine-resistant armor protected) vehicle, successfully ended a “hostage” situation in a vehicle, through the use of smoke bombs and flash grenades to disorient and confuse the “kidnapper.”