This 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 Bravo
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.
Survivor: 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 Higgins
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.
Survivor: 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 Hernandez
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.
Survivor: 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 Simon
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.
Survivor: 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 Schoolfield
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.
Survivor: 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
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.
To find out more about the IACP/Dupont™ Kevlar® Survivors’ Club®:
- Visit IACP/DuPont™ Kevlar® Survivors’ Club® and fill out a membership application.
- Please visit the IACP’s Institute for Community Police Relationsfor more information on officer safety and wellness, including physical health, nutrition and exercise, and mental health.
- Follow Dupont™ Kevlar® on Facebook and Twitter and visit their website for more information.