Maj. Ben Wolfinger, with the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department, displays two prototype Hot Wheels cars made with the department name and logo. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Shawn Gust)
Kootenai County has earned a place in Mattel Hot Wheels history. The sheriff's department's logo graces one of the toy company's 2012 productions - a 2010 Ford Mustang GT police car. “They partner with a local law enforcement agency and create a model based on the agency's cars,” said Major Ben Wolfinger. “It's their way of giving back, and to get sales up in the area.” The Kootenai County car is part of the Mattel Hot Wheels Main Street series of 10 cars featuring various city police and fire departments including Roanoke, Va.; Austin, Texas; Cranston, R.I.; and Kokomo, Ind. Mattel contacted the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department about 18 months ago and asked if it would be interested in a toy homage to the department/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
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