By Nicole Pence
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 3, 2014)—Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department were given special gifts Wednesday from an 8-year-old boy who raised more than $17,000 in a campaign to help police.
Jacen Troxell wanted to do something to help after the death of IMPD Officer Perry Renn, who was killed in the line of duty in early July, so he raised money for protective vest plates. One by one, Troxell and his younger brother, Ben, gave each North District officer a ballistic plate—a gift to help keep them safe.
“You take it for granted, wearing a vest because you wear it every day,” said Officer Greg Milburn. “And more often than not, you are cursing and cussing about how heavy it is or how hot it is.”
Officer Milburn was shot in May while responding to a disturbance call on North Dearborn Street. His bullet proof vest saved his life.
“You find out in a split second you fall in love with the product,” said Officer Milburn.
Thanks to the 8-year-old boy, more Indianapolis police officers now have that extra protection.
"I am a very proud papa right now,” said Troxell’s father, Andy.
Andy Troxell, who is a detective, was also shot in the line of duty back in 2004. When Officer Renn lost his life, Troxell told his dad he had to help.
“You never think it effects the kids until something like that happens,” said Andy Troxell.
Through online donations, the boy raised more than $17,000 to buy protective vest plates for dozens of officers. His goal was just $10,000.
Wednesday night, IMPD thanked Troxell and gave him an award and shopping trip to Toys-R-Us.
“It is outstanding,” said Officer Milburn. “We are going through a rough time here in Indy. They only way we are going to get this war won is with the support of the community.”
The extra money Troxell raised will go to the Indianapolis Police Foundation to one day buy all police officers the protective plates.
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