Conifer resident Carla Seelinger worried that Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies were not fully protected when responding to an incident in the mountains. The homes are far apart and deputies …
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Conifer resident Carla Seelinger worried that Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies were not fully protected when responding to an incident in the mountains.
The homes are far apart and deputies can’t always be sure of what they’ll be encountering, she said.
“If it helps to keep them safer in their job, that’s all that matters,” Seelinger said.
Seelinger is one of many supporters — individuals and businesses — who helped provide specialized tactical gear from SHIELD616 to 19 sheriff’s deputies and officers with the Lakeside, Edgewater and Mountain View police departments. The presentation took place Dec. 27 at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in Golden.
SHIELD616 is a Colorado Springs-based nonprofit that has two goals — to better protect first responders and build a relationship between a supporter and a first responder. It was founded by Jake Skifstad, a former Colorado Springs police officer, in November 2015.
How SHIELD616 works is a supporter donates to the nonprofit with a donation of any amount. The donor may select a specific agency — or even a specific firefighter or police officer — region or state for the donation to benefit. Any donation amount is accepted, and no matter the amount, the supporter will get to meet the officer or firefighter that the donation benefits.
To learn more, visit www.shield616.org.
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