Arkansas officers receive first-ever ballistic vests after woman wins grant
The sheriff's office received 70 vests funded by a $68,870 grant from the Helena Health Foundation.
By Luke Jones
HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. – Phillips County ranks as one of the poorest counties in Arkansas, and for a long time, officers and deputies there have been going without ballistic vests.
That changed Tuesday with the arrival of 70 vests funded by a $68,870 grant from the Helena Health Foundation.
“It’s tight, light and it’s got all my body parts protected, so I feel great,” said Chief Deputy Darrell Winston with the Phillips County Sheriff’s Department as he tried on one of the vests.
“This is much-needed equipment that we’ve been needing for quite some time,” said Sheriff Neal Byrd.
Linda Bennett realized how great the need was last summer and began writing the grant, which she won in October.
“Linda spoke to me about it and I said, ‘You mean they don’t have them?’” said Bettye Hendrix of the Helena Health Foundation. Read more.