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Turning a Wounded Officer’s JK Wrangler Into an Off-Road Beast

Over $25,000 in mods made Officer Chris Dorman’s Jeep a world-class crawler

MALVERN, Pa. (August 10, 2016) – While ExtremeTerrain completes various Jeep builds throughout the year, their most recent one stands out above the rest as it celebrates a local hero. Officer Chris Dorman of the Folcroft Police Department is a diehard Jeeper and spends the majority of his time out of uniform working on and driving his JK Wrangler. After being injured in the line of duty, ExtremeTerrain joined forces with the Southern Delaware Jeep Club (Officer Dorman’s Jeep Club) and surprised him by modding his JK Wrangler with over $25,000 in parts.

In June of 2016, Officer Dorman was responding to a call when he was shot seven times, leaving him injured and in need of multiple surgeries. While Officer Dorman was recovering in the hospital, the Southern Delaware Jeep Club (SDJC) came together and began pooling their resources; the goal was to modify Officer Dorman’s JK Wrangler and surprise him with it when he got out. When the SJDC reached out to ExtremeTerrain for a bumper and winch for the build, the company immediately knew there was more they could do.

After speaking with the SJDC and Officer Dorman’s father, George, the plan was laid out to take his JK Wrangler and turn it into a heavily modified crawler. Using the pretense of getting a check engine light examined, George brought his son’s Jeep to ExtremeTerrain, where it would receive a total transformation. Steven Voudouris, the CEO of ExtremeTerrain, spoke of his company’s involvement. “I'm proud of our team for building such a mean-looking and capable jeep for officer Dorman. Projects like this are what makes the Jeep community great!"

The parts list for the build included a wide array of parts such as:
— Ripp Supercharger Kit
— Tereflex 4” Suspension System with Shocks
— Barricade ExtremeHD Stubby Front Bumper
— Barricade Extreme HD Rear Bumper
— Barricade 12,000 lb. Winch with Synthetic Rope
— Barricade Rubi Rails - Textured Black
— Barricade Rock Sliders
— Bestop Trektop NX
— Flowmaster American Thunder Cat Back Exhaust
— Mammoth 17x9" Boulder Beadlock Style Wheels - Black
— Nitto Trail Grappler 37x12.50R17 Tires
— G2 Dana 30 Ring & Pinion Gear Set, 4.88 Reverse
— G2 Rear Dana 44 Ring & Pinion Gear Set, 4.88
— Raxiom 50" Double Row LED Light Bar
— Lifetime LED 50" Light Mount
— Raxiom 21.5" Double Row LED Light Bar
— Raxiom 3" Square LED Lights
— Plus much more

With the help of the Southern Delaware Jeep Club, local law enforcement agencies, Officer Dorman’s family, and ExtremeTerrain’s video host Ryan Huck, the build was put together in a few short weeks with everyone working around the clock to get it ready in time for the Southern Delaware Jeep Club’s Beach Party where it would be unveiled. After modifying the Wrangler from top to bottom and bumper to bumper, even adding a few special vinyl graphics such as Officer Dorman’s badge number, it was finally ready for the grand reveal.

While blindfolded, Officer Dorman heard the spooling of the Ripp Supercharger Kit, which immediately put a smile on his face. It wasn’t until the blindfold came off and Officer Dorman saw it was his Wrangler did the situation finally set in. “I’m speechless, it’s awesome, I absolutely love it,” Officer Dorman said while looking over all the new mods on his rig, “I can’t wait to drive it.” ExtremeTerrain is incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to completely overhaul Officer Dorman’s Jeep, and would like to thank him for all of his service.

The wounded police officer that was surprised with a dream overhaul package for his beloved Wrangler in August, is back on the job! 

ExtremeTerrain.com was deeply moved by this story, and we partnered with Folcroft Police Department (Penn.) Officer Chris Dorman’s friends and family to give him the type of encouragement we thought he deserved.This resulted in modification of his JK Wrangler and a surprise reveal at his own Southern Delaware Jeep Club’s summer event.

ExtremeTerrain.com wants to share some updated news around this great story with you, and give you some resources to share with your site’s audience. Check it out below:

- http://www.delcotimes.com/general-news/20160907/shot-7-times-wounded-folcroft-officer-chris-dorman-cleared-to-return-to-full-police-duty 

- http://www.extremeterrain.com/police-officer-chris-dorman-jeep-reveal.html 

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