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Dougherty Sheriff says bullet proof vests save lives

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -The Dougherty County Sheriff says a knife attack on an Albany Police Officer shows why he fought so hard for bullet proof vests for his Deputies.

Wednesday Patrolman McKinley Windom was stabbed 5 or 6 times in the chest with a steak knife by a man at an Albany Nursing Home. He wasn't hurt thanks to his protective vest.

Sheriff Kevin Sproul pushed County Commissioners to give him enough money to buy vests for all his deputies and tasers for most of them.

Money is tight, but his office is getting three grants to pay for the equipment.

Sheriff Sproul said "Hopefully by the spring of next year we'll be all equipped. From the courtroom to the Deputy on the road."

Sproul says life saving equipment for his men and women should be a top priority, even during a time of budget cuts.

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