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Police Get Ballistic Vests
Jason Noonan's been a police officer for 17 years.
A few years ago, he bought his own ballistic vest for protection, with good reason. "I have a wife and kids that i go home to every night so to me it's very important that i have it and that i wear it on a daily basis."
But a lot of Noonan's fellow officers can't afford their own vests, and a lot of departments can't afford them either. Today, the Owensville Police Department got 16 of the 12-hundred dollar vests as a gift from the National Sheriff's Association and Moose International. It's through a foundation called Safe Surfin'.
The founder is Bedford County Virginia Sheriff Mike Brown.
"I been in this business 45 years. I've seen a lot of policemen die. Some for want of a ballistic vest and I want to know that I've done, when my time is up. I want to know that I've done everything i can do to protect, whether it's a trooper a pd, or a sheriff's office, I want to know that I've done it."
These vest are rated to basically handle just about any handgun load out there, and making this an even better deal, these are being manufactured by a local company. The Fairfield company is called Top Line, and that's just what the vests are; top of the line.
The local connection to this whole thing came from John Buckles. He and six businessmen friends all underwent police certification in the last few years to try and give back a bit. Initially they were afraid they wouldn't be taken seriously. "So we decided to go through and become police officers ourselves and look at departments where we could add value, not only as feet on the street so to speak but also from our business experience and connections."
Those connections lead Owensville Chief Mike Freeman to Top Line, the foundation and a safer department. Officer Scott Humphrey says "It's comfortable. You surprised? Yeah, this is wonderful. Currently the vest iIve been wearing is 16 years old."
But not anymore.
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