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September 7, 2012

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Spencer raising money for up to 10 ballistic vests for city police

SPENCER (AP) — City of Spencer officials are collecting money to buy up to 10 ballistic vests after a vest apparently saved a deputy sheriff’s life last week.

Roane County Deputy John Westfall was wounded Aug. 28 by 22-year-old Luke Baber of Oak Hill, who shot and killed two state troopers.

Baber also shot and wounded Westfall along with a tow truck driver before he was shot and killed by sheriff’s deputies.

Westfall was shot in the arm and abdomen. Roane County Sheriff Mike Harper said Westfall’s body armor saved his life.

But not every officer in Roane County has a ballistic vest, so Spencer marketing director Jacob Fetty started a fund-raising drive to buy more.

He tells the Charleston Gazette  that nearly $2,000 has been raised. The vests cost $650 each.



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