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07/18/2008

Founders to Give Winthrop Police Officer a Vest for Protection

Quick Facts

 Founders will donate a bullet proof vest to Winthrop police in August.
 Vests are being given to law enforcement agencies in seven area counties.

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Founders officials present Campus Police with a vest. Pictured here are Ron Frasier, assistant vice president for Founders, from left,  Chief Frank Zebedis of Winthrop, and Ken Ackerman, vice president for Founders.
ROCK HILL, S.C. - Founders Federal Credit Union will donate ballistic, or bulletproof, vests to the Winthrop University Campus Police and to law enforcement agencies in surrounding areas.

Founders plans to donate one ballistic vest to local law enforcement agencies in York, Lancaster, Laurens, Spartanburg, Cherokee and Chester counties in South Carolina and Mecklenburg County in North Carolina.

Donated vests will be given to a local officer in need. Winthrop anticipates hiring an officer in August, which will be given the vest, according to Chief Frank Zebedis. Ballistic vests must be replaced every five years due to normal wear and tear and stricter law enforcement codes.

“We are excited to donate these vests to such deserving individuals,” said Bruce Brumfield, president and CEO of Founders. “We’re proud to support our local law enforcement agencies and give back a small portion of what they have given to our communities.”

For more information, contact Nicki McBrayer Amos at Founders at 803/416-5005.

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