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West Virginia Sheriff's Association Pushing for More Life-saving Equipment
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on January 21, 2013 @ 10:03PM
Created on January 21, 2013 @ 6:27PM
 
The West Virginia Sheriff's Association plans to press the state legislature to make sure all deputies have life saving equipment when they're on the road.
 
Executive Director Rudi Raynes-Kidder told Metronews Monday that not every deputy is equipped with a bullet proof vest, which have recently proven to save lives. It's not even a requirement by state law, but the association is trying to change that. 
 
Last June an Oak Hill Police Officer was shot in the stomach during a routine alarm check. His vest saved his life. Right now it's not clear how many deputies are working without a vest, but the West Virginia Sheriff's Association is trying to figure it out so they'll know how many vests they need and if it's possible to get them. 
 
On average a bullet proof vest costs $1,200.

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