NORTHPORT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Police on Long Island dedicated a vehicle to a local man killed in combat overseas.

Suffolk County officials unveiled a new military surplus vehicle on Saturday.

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It will be able to help people in need during major emergencies like Superstorm Sandy.

The multi-purpose all-wheel drive truck was dedicated to Marine Corporal Christopher Scherer, who grew up in East Northport.

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He was killed in combat in 2007. His parents said they were honored by the gesture.

“When you see something like this it makes your day to see a truck with your son’s name on it you san can’t change the bad but honor and respect just a wonderful community,” Timothy Scherer, the corporal’s father said.

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The Northport Police Department received the vehicle through the military surplus equipment program.