Field Training Officer Georgia Lazarides, a new hire at the department who just returned from the police academy, has some bullet stopping power, thanks to Bissell Pharmacy.
Ed Karvosky, Bissell’s owner, donated a $750 bulletproof vest to the police department.
Mr. Karvosky said he “just wanted to give something back” to the police that protect the community and the store.
Not long after Mr. Karvosky made his donation, police arrested someone allegedly trying to burglarize the pharmacy.
“We greatly appreciate it and I’m sure their family greatly appreciates it because everybody wants to go home at night,” said Capt. Tom Comstock, who said he’s worn one of the vests whenever he’s in the field since he joined the department two and a half decades ago.
He said that it’s the officer’s choice to wear a vest or not but many do. It protects from more than bullets.
“When Officer Rizzo was in a traffic accident, they attributed her survival to her wearing the vest,” Capt. Comstock said, referring to an accident many years ago involving Officer Maxine Rizzo.
“Even if you get in a fight or a scuffle, it’s great protection.”
The vest is part of about 25 to 30 pounds of equipment officers wear, also including the gun belt and handgun, mace, baton, gloves and radio.