PURCELL, Okla. - Officers in one Oklahoma town are a little safer after getting new body armor.
Officials said the full body armor vests with patented plates will do a better job of protecting police officers than your average bulletproof vest.
“It’s just amazing. It’s a hardened steel alloy. It’s only a quarter-inch thick but, when you shoot at it, it reacts the same as five inches of steel,” said Michael Blackmore with Armor Advantage.
It is priceless protection, but a Purcell mother is taking on the costs.
Her son is an officer with the Lexington Police Department.
“I wanted to protect my son, but then the Lexington police are my extended family, so you can’t just protect one member of your family, you have to protect them all,” said Mary Myers.
Myers decided to buy the high-tech vests for the entire police department.
The owner of Armor Advantage is knocking off a portion of the bill because of the benefit to the department.
“Our goal is to put a set of hard armor in the trunk of every cruiser so that, if you ever need it, it’s there,” Blackmore said.
Lexington’s police chief said, when she found out about the generous donation, she was speechless.
“I was very shocked, and we are blessed to have someone like Mary who took care of us because it would have been a burden for officers to buy the vest themselves,” said Chief Deana Allen with the Lexington Police Department.
That burden is now gone and replaced with peace of mind.
“She probably will never know how much we appreciate her, but I can say that, every time I open my trunk and I see my vest, I will know that she has helped me to be safe that day,” Allen said.
The total donation amounts to about $3,000.
Departments interested in the same armor can contact Armor Advantage for more information.
The company offers free armor to some departments and can work with others to cut the cost.