The IACP/DuPont™ Kevlar® Survivors’ Club 2016 Update

The IACP/DuPont KEVLAR® Survivors’ Club® supports the overarching vision of the IACP Center for Officer Safety and Wellness. The Survivors’ Club strives to recognize and honor those deserving individuals who, as a result of wearing personal body armor, have survived a life-threatening or life-disabling incident. The Survivors’ Club was also created with the mission to reduce death and disability by encouraging increased wearing of personal body armor.

The IACP/DuPont™ Kevlar® Survivors’ Club® 2016 Honoree

first-imageThe IACP/DuPont™ Kevlar® Survivors’ Club® is pleased to announce that Deputy James A. DeFilipps from the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office in Orleans, New York, was chosen as the 2016 Honoree of the Year. A luncheon to celebrate Deputy DeFilipps as the recipient of this prestigious award was held on October 15, 2016, during the IACP Annual Conference and Exposition in San Diego, California.

Deputy DeFilipps was inducted into the IACP/DuPont™ Kevlar® Survivors’ Club® after he was saved by his bulletproof vest on March 21, 2015. Deputy DeFilipps was shot twice in the torso by the suspect who had exited his vehicle and was hiding in the woods. The deputy fired back at the suspect, eliminating the threat. DeFilipps maintained his position and used the flashlight on his rifle to illuminate the suspect’s location to other officers. The deputy’s quick response saved the lives of the officers involved. DeFilipps was hospitalized shortly and then released with superficial injuries.

 IACP/DuPont™ Kevlar® Survivors’ Club® Recognizes Eight Law Enforcement Officers

The following eight law enforcement officers survived a life-threatening incident due to their body armor. The eight officers are now recognized as members of the IACP/DuPont KEVLAR® Survivors’ Club®.second-image

Officer Robert Allan Carroll

Hohenwald, Tennessee, Police Department

Officer Carroll was struck in the upper chest when a suspect opened fire on several officers. Officer Carroll was not injured and he and other officers of the Hohenwald, Tennessee, Police Department managed to fire back, fatally injuring the suspect. The suspect was found with several stolen guns, ammo, holsters, and prescription medications. The incident occurred on October 29, 2015

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, Police Department

On February 3, 1976, Officer Sheehan of the Colorado Springs, Colorado, Police Department was pursuing two suspicious individuals when he was shot from behind, striking his back. If Officer Sheehan had not been wearing his bulletproof vest on that call, his injuries could have been worse. His vest caught the bullet within the material. Officer Sheehan did not sustain any injuries and was not hospitalized.

fourth-imageOfficer Wayne N. Pavlischek

North Charleston, South Carolina, Police Department

On July 4, 2016 Officer Pavlischek was saved by bulletproof vest as he protected the lives of innocent civilians. Officer Wayne N. Pavlischek was evacuating residents away from a dangerous suspect when he was struck in the right side abdomen by a bullet. The suspect had been driving erratically when North Charleston Police Department officers pursued him to a residence. The suspect then began shooting at officers and nearby residents with a long gun.

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New York, New York, Police Department

On July 28, 2014, Detective Muniz, a 22-year veteran with the New York Police Department, was shot in the abdomen while apprehending a wanted fugitive in Manhattan, New York. The suspect fired five rounds using a .32 caliber handgun as officers attempted to place him under arrest. The suspect was fatally wounded and later died at a local hospital. Because Detective Muniz was wearing his body armor his injuries were non-life threating and he recovered from his wounds.

Police Officer Brian J. Groves

New York, New York, Police Department

While conducting a vehicle patrol on July 5, 2012, Officer Groves encountered an unidentified male carrying a silver revolver. Upon making eye contact with Officer Groves, the perpetrator ran. During the chase the suspect and the officer exchanged gunfire. Officer Groves was shot one time in the chest and fell down stairs causing further injuries. The investigation led to the recovery of the firearms and numerous drug smuggling arrest. Being on the force for seven years, Officer Groves followed his agency’s policy of wearing body armor and as a result, he sustained severe bruising and spent one day in hospital.

Detective Robert Salerno

New York, New York, Police Department

“It was my Kevlar bulletproof vest that ultimately saved my life.” This is a direct quote from Detective Salerno as he laid in the hospital recovering from injuries caused by a dispute in Bronx, New York on March 22, 2010. A home health aide called 9-11 requesting police assistance for a dispute during which she was assaulted by her client, who was also her son. Upon police arrival at the home, the son barricaded himself in a back room with a loaded .38 caliber revolver. Detective Salerno and three officers entered the room and Detective Salerno was struck in the chest area of his bulletproof vest, which stopped the bullet and another round hitting him in the lower torso. The detective’s partners were able to pull him to safety, render aid, and have him transported to a local hospital.

 Detective Michael R. Levay

New York, New York, Police Department

Detective Levay was struck in the back of his bulletproof vest while performing a “Proactive Quality of Life Overtime” drill. The incident happened on January 3, 2013 on a northbound train in Brooklyn, New York. Detective Levay and four other officers observed a man entering the front of a third car thorough the emergency exit door, violating Transit Authority rules and regulations. The detective approached the suspect and requested that he step off the train with them. The suspect stood and walked to the train door, then he suddenly turned and removed a 9mm pistol from the waistband and begin firing at the officers. Detective Levay sustained superficial bruises and lacerations because he was wearing his bulletproof vest.

Detective Herman Yan

New York, New York, Police Department

Wearing protective body armor greatly reduced the threat level for Detective Herman Yan when he and his partner observed a suspicious vehicle on the night of July 9, 2007 in Brooklyn, New York. A license plate check indicated that the plates did not belong to the SUV under observation. When the officers approached the vehicle, the suspects inside the vehicle opened fire. Detective Yen was struck once in the forearm and once in the chest. Fortunately, his bulletproof vest caught most of the impact from the shots that hit him. Detective Yen was hospitalized for two days for a gunshot wound to his left arm. A wide-ranging manhunt lead to the capture of all three perpetrators.


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