Indiana State Police announced a donation of ballistic vests to various police agencies.
The donation resulted from a conversation about enhanced law enforcement safety when Dr. Stephen Lugo, a Parkview physician, donated a ballistic vest to ISP Trooper John Silver.
Over the last two to three weeks, others have donated ballistic vests to the police agencies.
The donated ballistic vests offer enhanced protection against high powered rifle rounds and are being purchased at a cost of approximately $300 per vest. A total of 34 vests are being donated to the following agencies by these respective donors:
Indiana State Police — 12 — Dr. Stephen Lugo; Tom Shepherd of Shepherd's Chevrolet Buick GMC; Greg Silver, co-owner of Aspen Construction; PDQ Workholding, Columbia City; Sheri Augspurger; Ralph Tuttle; Virgal Kemper; and Rick and Terry Collins.
Kendallville Police Department — 12 — Tom Shepherd of Shepherd's Chevrolet Buick GMC, Bargain Shop, Aspen Construction and Tim and Anita Hess.
Noble County Sheriff's Department — 7 — Tom Shepherd of Shepherd's Chevrolet Buick GMC, Bargain Shop, Gamma Xi Chapter of Tri Kappa, Kendallville Lion's Club.
LaGrange Sheriff's Department — 1 — Greg Silver, co-owner of Aspen Construction.
Angola Police Department — 1 — Julie Ley.
Muncie Police Department — 1 — Jake Leighty.