All Deputies will get body armor

Local - 5/7/2013 12:48 AM by Courtney Rosemond

CHARLESTON-The shooting death of two state troopers in Clay County last year prompted a new law that will require all Deputy Sheriffs to have body armor.

Governor Tomblin signed the bill last week. The legislation requires all 55 county Sheriff's Departments to provide bullet resistant vests to deputies starting July 1st. Roane County Deputy Sheriff John Westfall was shot three times by a suspect who just murdered two State Troopers in August. Westfall pushed for this measure, officials say the vest Westfall borrowed that night saved his life.


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