CASPER, Wyo. — Ten Evansville police officers will be presented with customized (and costly) body armor courtesy of a national nonprofit at a ceremony in Casper this Saturday.
The event is hosted by Oil City Axe Company and will take place on Saturday, June 10 at 6 p.m. sharp, according to owner Colton Davis.
Davis said the ceremony is hosted by national nonprofit Shield616, which hosts similar events across the country. Shield616 says its mission is to support first responders — including police, sheriff, fire and EMS — with equipment and prayer.
Davis said community members can sign up to present an officer with the armor at the ceremony by scanning the QR code on the flyer below or otherwise contacting Oil City Axe Company.
The all-day, rifle-rated armor most needed can cost up to $4,000 apiece, Davis said.
The event will kick off a continuing fundraising effort with Shield616, and Davis said he’s secured an agreement that all proceeds from local fundraisers in the future will go toward equipment for first responders in Natrona County.