Officers in Red River County, Texas received new bullet proof vests Thursday!
They were donated by a man hundreds of miles away after he saw an NBC 6 news story online.
Ten bullet proof vests were donated to the Red River County Sheriff’s Department and another five were donated to the Clarksville Police Department. Sgt. Tim Martin said, “We need the protection out here on the street. We’ve got expired vests, you know, ten years old at least.” Clarksville Police Officer Brian Cobb said, “We’re very grateful and we’re very thankful that we got them.”
The co-founder of Adopt-A-Cop in Lamar County received money for the vests from a former law enforcement officer in South Carolina. He saw an NBC 6 news story online about her efforts to raise money for bullet proof vests for her neighbors in rural Red River County. Amanda Willows is also a former law enforcement officer. She said, “These are the vests that they’ll wear day in and day out while they’re in the car, out in public. I can’t describe the feeling, it’s fantastic. And, just to know these officers are gonna be that much safer. It can bring tears to your eyes.”
Five more vests will arrive soon for female officers. They take longer to make because the measurements have to be more precise to fit properly.