“Oklahoma City Officer Katie Lawson, saved by body armor after she was shot many times, was added to the IACP/Dupont Kevlar Survivor’s Club,” the California Police Chiefs Association announced via Twitter last Sunday.
Incredibly, the surviving officer joins the ranks of more than 3,000 men and women in law enforcement whose lives have been saved by Kevlar®.
Kevlar®, first introduced by DuPont in 1973, is a very strong, yet lightweight fabric made of woven aramid fibers – a class of strong, heat-resistant synthetic fibers produced with the help of chlorine chemistry.
The material is popularly used to “protect the good guys” – the brave men and women of the military, law enforcement and emergency response communities. And it’s the reason The Kevlar Survivors’ Club®, founded in 1987 by DuPont and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, is celebrated today.
In the case of Katie Lawson, the Oklahoma police officer was seated in her police cruiser when a suspect opened fire on her. Lawson was struck five times; her vehicle 26 times. Fortunately, body armor stopped the bullets aimed at the officer’s chest, likely saving her life.
On March 7, 2006, Atlanta Police Officer Corey B. Grogan became the 3,000th member to join the Survivor’s Club. That’s 3,000 law enforcement officers who chose to “dress for survival,” and lived to tell their stories.
Below, you can download three videos of officers giving first-hand accounts of their chilling, but incredibly uplifting, stories of survival.
Detective Marlene Tully: “When I got to the hospital, it was learned that the bullet actually did remain in the vest. And the doctor said that that shot was actually fatal, had I not been wearing the vest.”
Officer Raymond T. Johnson Ret.: “Fortunately, because of that bullet-proof vest, I’ve been given another 30 or so years to enjoy life. And I can’t say enough about the vest and the people who developed the vest.”
Officer Corey B. Grogan: “I’m very thankful that the vest was able to sustain the two bullets and that I’m still here and able to give this interview to you now… and to do the job that I enjoy and love so much.”
We think these tales of survival, particularly the recent story behind the CPCA’s unassuming tweet, deserve to be celebrated. If you agree, please click one of the share buttons below or find the @CalChiefs tweet and help spread the word. As of this morning, it’s been re-tweeted only 7 times.