ABOVE: Mount Dora Police Student Resource Officer (SRO) Mike Garcia at Mount Dora Middle School.
The Mount Dora Police Department received a generous donation from a resident to purchase active shooter vests for officers.
About a year ago, ‘Lefty’ Bruce, a resident of Mount Dora, approached Deputy Chief Robert Bell and Public Safety Director John O’Grady about donating money to the Mount Dora Heroes Foundation, from his own foundation called “Lefty’s Hopes and Dreams.” The donation was to be used specifically for active shooter vests.
The vests cost approximately $400 each and contain steel plates capable of stopping high velocity bullets from weapons that an officer’s normal ballistic vest is not capable of stopping. Officers can don the gear in a rapid fashion during an incident.
Four vests were purchased from Bruce's donation and will equip officers should there be an active shooter situation.
“We’re excited to have them,” said Deputy Chief Robert Bell. “Lefty’s been a great supporter of the community and the Mount Dora Heroes Foundation.”
The Mount Dora Heroes Foundation is a non-profit that was established three years ago to support families of fallen officers, the K-9 Program, as well as support medical expenses for retired K-9s, officer safety projects and crime prevention programs.