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  • Philadelphia Police Department Receives Safety Equipment Grant From The Spirit of Blue Foundation

    The Spirit of Blue Foundation announced today that it has awarded a $10,000 Safety Equipment Grant to the Philadelphia Police Department for the purchase of at least 24 ballistic vests. The grant was given in memory of fallen Officer Charles E. Cassidy who was killed in the line of duty while attempting to stop an armed robbery in 2007. The ballistic vests will be purchased in conjunction with the US Department of Justice’s Ballistic Vest Program, which provides federal matching funds for ballistic vest purchases, and will be issued to members of the 35th District where Officer Cassidy served.
  • Knox County Sheriff’s Office Receives Safety Equipment Grant from the Spirit of Blue Foundation

    The Spirit of Blue Foundation announced today that it has awarded a Safety Equipment Grant to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) to outfit their officers with tactical emergency medical supplies. The grant provides 100 Combat Application Tourniquets (C-A-T) and 125 Tourniquet NOW! Straps for use by officers in the event of a traumatic extremity injury. Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones began issuing tourniquets after one of his officers was saved by the application of a tourniquet in 2013, but did not have the funding necessary to cover the entire agency. The grant was made possible by a generous gift from Blue Force Gear and is valued at $4,404.