Springfield Armory does a lot more than just manufacture high-quality, affordable firearms. They also support our nation's police ... one department at a time. The most recent recipients of Springfield's largesse are the men and women of the Lake Ozark, Missouri police department. Spearheaded by Springfield Armory CEO Dennis Reese, this donation equips every officer of the Lake Ozark PD with the gear necessary to effectively perform their duties.
Dennis Reese and his wife, Jane, have long-time ties and deep connections to the area, and are very involved in the development of the historic Bagnell Dam Strip — known as “The Strip” to most.
“Lake of the Ozarks is a very important place to my family,” said Dennis Reese. “My wife Jane and I raised our kids here during the summers and throughout much of the off-season, so the area has a lot of great memories for us. We wanted to do our part giving back to the area, helping to protect the Strip for families to enjoy. When we found out that the Lake Ozark Police Department needed support, it was a no-brainer that Springfield Armory could be a solution.”
Springfield's donation began with the company's 9mm XD-M Elite OSP family of handguns. Also provided with the pistols were Springfield Armory’s HEX Dragonfly red dot optics. In addition, Springfield Armory donated Dara Holster Systems capable of accepting the pistols with the red dot optics installed. Additionally, the department acquired two SAINT Victor B5 5.56mm rifles, also equipped with HEX Dragonfly red dot optics. This provides the officers with additional firepower should it be required.
“When the Reese family learned that our department was looking to replace its current firearms, Dennis Reese reached out to me immediately,” said Lake Ozark’s Chief of Police, Gary Launderville. “Our current firearms were nearly 15 years old and in need of replacement, but we did not have the budget to accomplish this. Mr. Reese determined what we needed and made it happen. He has been awesome.”
“Springfield Armory could not be more proud to support the Lake Ozark Police Department in their efforts to keep their community safe,” said Fred Mincks, Springfield Armory’s LE Sales Manager. “We support the efforts of the law enforcement community and are happy to have been able to do this for the Lake Ozark Police Department.”