Four local businesses donate hours of time to renovate Benton Co. jet patrol boat

Four local businesses donate hours of time to renovate Benton Co. jet patrol boat
The Benton County Sheriff's jet boat is back on the water after nearly six months of renovation from the help of community volunteers. 

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office recognized four local organizations Tuesday at Columbia Point Marina Park for their help in renovating their second jet boat used for marine patrol. The sheriff’s office showed their appreciation for the volunteers with plaques and a ceremony in the park.

The House of Paint repainted the boat, Columbia Basin College’s Welding Department got students together to take apart the whole inside of the boat and re-weld it back together. The Glass Nook donated new tinted glass to redo the windows. Barajas Auto Body also did some finishing work repairing some dings and repainting the boat.

Deputy Brett Hansen said, “They donated all the time, labor, and supplies to take care of us, and we really appreciate the community for doing it for us.”

After thousands of dollars and nearly six months worth of work donated, the boat is finally ready to be back on the river.

Hansen said with their boats getting older, and limited resources, he reached out to the community for help in renovating one of the boats last fall.

Phillip Ponn, a welding instructor at Columbia Basin College, said it’s a great learning experience for his students to come work on this project. “We’re always out looking to help the community out anytime we can, anyhow so it’s a perfect opportunity…helps everyone involved,” Ponn said.

The boat will be out for Operation Dry Water on the Fourth of July and throughout the summer.