The IACP/DuPont™ Kevlar® Survivors’ Club® is pleased to announce that Officer Angela Sands from the Lincoln, Nebraska, Police Department was chosen as the 2017 Honoree of the Year. A luncheon to celebrate Officer Sands as the recipient of this prestigious award will be held on October 21, 2017, during the 124th IACP Annual Conference and Exposition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Officer Sands was inducted into the IACP/DuPont KEVLAR Survivors’ Club after she was saved by her bulletproof vest on November 29, 2015. Officer Sands responded to a call for back up when a suspect was found to have warrants out for his arrest. Officer Sands and her Sergeant attempted to arrest the suspect and search his person when the suspect started to assault the officers. Officer Sands and her Sergeant were fighting with the suspect when the suspect grabbed a gun from his waistband. The suspect was able to get a shot off, hitting a third officer in the arm. Officer Sands and her Sergeant then fought to control the suspect’s hand that held the gun to disable the suspect from firing at the other officer again. In the continued struggle, the suspect fired a shot point blank at Officer Sands’ heart. The round was deflected away from her heart, by the trauma plates in her bulletproof vest, and ultimately collided with her radio mic, which exploded causing survivable facial and oral injuries. Officer Sands and her Sergeant were able to fire back and eliminate the threat.
Officer Sands was able to assess and treat the injured officer’s gunshot wound despite her own injuries because she was wearing her bulletproof vest. Officer Sands was honored with the Medal of Honor from the Awards Committee of the Lincoln, Nebraska, Police Department for her professionalism and courageous actions when a lethal encounter was thrust upon her.
“The clear thinking and brave actions of Officer Angela Sands helped save the life of her fellow officer,” said IACP President, Chief Donald W. De Lucca, Doral, Florida, Police Department. “We are pleased to honor Officer Sands for being an example to others for wearing her vest.”
Since 1987, IACP has partnered with DuPont to honor those police officers who have survived life-threatening incidents because they were wearing their personal body armor. The Survivors’ Club award helps to reinforce the use of body armor every day and every shift for officer safety. It also serves as a reminder of the heroic efforts police exhibit while serving their communities.
“It is heroes like Officer Sands and many other law enforcement officers who are brave enough to face dangerous and unpredictable circumstances on a regular basis each day that drives DuPont to create dependable solutions like Kevlar,” said John Richard, Global Business Director, DuPont Kevlar. “We at DuPont remain humbled and amazed by these acts of selfless heroism and hope that inspiring stories like this one will help reinforce the fact that wearing personal body armor can mean the difference between life and death.”
For more information about the IACP/DuPont™ Kevlar® Survivors’ Club®, visit www.theiacp.org/survivorsclub. The IACP/DuPont™ Kevlar® Survivors’ Club® is part of the IACP Center of Officer Safety and Wellness, which focuses on the wellbeing of police officers, including physical health, nutrition and exercise, and mental health. For more information, visit http://www.theiacp.org/COSW.
About the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is a professional association for law enforcement worldwide. As the largest and longest-standing law enforcement leadership association, IACP has launched historically acclaimed programs, conducted groundbreaking research and training on all aspects of law enforcement operations, systemic justice issues, and community crime problems. Today, the IACP continues to be recognized as a leader in these areas. By maximizing the collective efforts of the membership, IACP actively supports law enforcement through advocacy, outreach, education, and programs.
Through ongoing strategic partnerships across the public safety spectrum, the IACP provides members with resources and support in all aspects of law enforcement policy and operations. These tools help members perform their jobs effectively, efficiently, and safely while also educating the public on the role of law enforcement to help build sustainable community relations.
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