On December 5th, 2017 Blue Line Ladies, a local non-profit, presented the Weber County Sheriff’s office with 44 steel plated vests. These vests have a special function of improving protection for officers in active shooter situations. The Blue Line Ladies foundation raised over $10,000 from the generous support of individuals and businesses around Weber County.
Blue Line Ladies was started in Weber County and is staffed by volunteer wives of police officers. These ladies spent their summer hosting fundraisers and soliciting businesses for donations. Many businesses in Weber county were eager to show their support for their local police officers. Blue Line Ladies also strives to connect with the community and participates in, and hosts, many service events and community functions.
“As we met with different agencies, we discovered a large need state wide for Steel plated vests.”, explains Lydia Hebdon, director of Blue Line Ladies. “As wives of officers, we wanted to do more than watch our husbands go to work every day. We wanted to help them somehow.” Blue Line Ladies has made it their goal to provide a vest for every officer in the state of Utah.
Hebdon also said, “I was amazed at the generosity of the people in Weber county. We got a lot of donations from individuals, but surprisingly most of the donations came from small businesses. We are so grateful for all of the help.”
Steel plated vests are outer vests worn over the uniform and only when needed. They protect against large handguns, rifles, and shotguns. The vests the deputies currently wear will not protect them from these threats.
Lt. Burns with the Weber County Sheriff’s office said: “All of us have very tight budgets. When any of our local organizations, in this case Blue Line Ladies, steps in to assist it is appreciated. Without this amazing donation our officers would have to go without this life saving equipment”.
The 44 vests donated to Weber County Sheriff’s office were used to equip the School Resource officers, and most of the patrol deputies. The Sheriff Office still needs 35 vests to fully equip the rest of their deputies. Blue Line Ladies will continue to fundraise until they meet this goal.
To view a video of the presentation to the county commissioners go HERE
The presentation starts at minute 8.
Thank you for your continued support.