Utah group raises money for vests that protect officers from high-powered weaponry

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PLEASANT GROVE — As the wife of a law enforcement officer, Lydia Hebdon, 26, knows firsthand the concerns facing families of the men and women in blue. When police and sheriff’s deputies hit the streets everyday, there is the chance they could be involved in a violent altercation that could result in them being shot at.

For years, she thought like many people do that the bulletproof vest officers wear would provide protection. However, she was surprised to find out that wasn’t really the case, especially against some of the high-powered weaponry available today.

She was made keenly aware of that possibility in 2016 following a particularly deadly incident involving a group of Dallas police officers who were ambushed by a lone gunman that left five officers dead and nine others injured.

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