The IACP/DuPont™ Kevlar® Survivors’ Club 2017 Update

dupontThis is part two of two highlighting the remaining 11 officers who became members of the IACP/Dupont™ Kevlar® Survivors’ Club® in 2017.

The IACP/DuPont KEVLAR® Survivors’ Club® recognizes and honors those deserving individuals who, as a result of wearing personal body armor, have survived a life-threatening or life-disabling incident. The Survivors’ Club mission is to reduce death and disability by encouraging increased wearing of personal body armor.

In 2017 the IACP and Dupont recognized 22 law enforcement officers as members of the IACP/DuPont  KEVLAR® Survivors’ Club® because of surviving a life-threatening incident due to wearing their body armor.

Survivor: Officer Joel Bravobryan tx police

Agency: Bryan, TX, Police Department

Date of Incident: December 22, 2016

Incident:  While pursuing a fleeing suspect, Officer Bravo was shot. His bulletproof vest protected his heart and saved his life.

casselberry fl policeSurvivor: Corporal Adam Phillips

Agency: Casselberry, FL, Police Department

Date of Incident: February 25, 2017

Incident: Immediately upon arrival to a domestic violence call, Corporal Phillips was shot twice, one shot striking his body armor. The body armor saved his life.


Survivor: Deputy Sheriff Patrick Higginssan bernadino co. ca sheriff

Agency: San Bernardino, CA, Police Department

Date of Incident: March 16, 2017

Incident: Following up on a robbery call, Deputy Sheriff Higgins was shot in his lower abdomen, and his body armor prevented life-threatening injuries.

anderson ca policeSurvivor: Officer Tyler Finch

Agency: Anderson, CA, Police Department

Date of Incident: March 26, 2017

Incident: Officer Finch was saved by his bulletproof vest when he was fired upon by a suspect.

 Survivor: Officer Martin Hernandezchicago police

Agency: Chicago, IL, Police Department

Date of Incident: May 12, 2017

Incident: During a drug investigation Officer Hernandez was shot in the chest area of his body armor, which saved his life.

prattville-police-departmentSurvivor: Sergeant Donnie Martin

Agency: Prattville, AL, Police Department

Date of Incident: June 8, 2017

Incident: Attempting to de-escalate an upset citizen, Sergeant Martin was saved by his body armor when fired upon.

Survivor: Deputy Jeremey Simonfulton co ohio sheriff

Agency: Fulton County, OH, Sheriff’s Office

Date of Incident: July 31, 2017

Incident: Pursuing a fleeing suspicious person, Deputy Simon and his K-9 were shot at four times, two shots struck the Deputy. His bulletproof vest saved his life.

sacramento policeSurvivor: Officer Tim Martin

Agency: Sacramento, CA, Police Department

Date of Incident: September 7, 2017

Incident: After stopping a vehicle matching one described in a prior crime, officers were shot at. One of the bullets struck Officer Martin in his vest, which ultimately saved his life.

Survivor: Sergeant Matthew Schoolfieldchickasha-ok-police.jpg

Agency: Chickasha, OK, Police Department

Date of Incident: September 17, 2017

Incident: While leading a tactical team to execute a search warrant, Sergeant Schoolfield was shot several times, and body armor protected him from three shots, saving his life.

North_Carolina_State_Highway_PatrolSurvivor: Trooper Douglas Strickland

Agency: North Carolina State Highway Patrol

Date of Incident: October 1, 2017

Incident: While responding to an active shooter situation, Trooper Strickland was struck in the chest plate of his body armor. He only sustained a small laceration on his torso, as his vest saved him from life-threatening injuries.

Survivor: Deputy Sheriff Christian Goode Sequoyah_County_Sheriff

Agency: Sequoyah County, OK, Sheriff’s Office

Date of Incident: October 20, 2017

Incident: A hidden suspect jumped out and charged at Deputy Sheriff Goode who was stabbed three times. His body armor prevented the blade from puncturing his spleen and saved his life.


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