The Meade County Sheriff’s Office reached out to SHIELD616 to start fundraising efforts for the 11 sworn deputies in the department, according to a press release from SHIELD616, a faith based organization that equips first responders with advanced rifle rated equipment. After the tornados that devastated Western and Central Kentucky, the Katalytic Foundation contacted SHIELD616 to see if there were any agencies they could help out in any way. SHIELD616 says they informed the donor about Meade County Sheriff’s Office, and they instantly agreed to outfitting the entire department.
On April 4 at 2 p.m., Journey Church will host the presentation of 11 sets of level IIIa soft vests, carriers front and back rifle plates and helmets to Meade County Sheriff Phillip Wimpee and his deputies.
SHIELD616 says they were formed with the peace officer on patrol in mind. They have since seen the need to help protect all first responders. SHIELD616’s goal is two-fold. They want to equip every first responder with necessary advanced rifle rated equipment and also, to provide a support group for that first responder. The group says that it is mindful of limited department budgets, leading them to not only donate the gear but also replace it for free every five years. The group is “unique and was formed with the vision of having local individuals, churches, bible study groups, businesses and foundations ‘invest in a first responder’ not only financially but also personally.