Help Raise Money for Bullet Proof Vests
On MLK Jr. Day when I (Jacen) was 4, I wished that police officers won't get killed. It didn't come true. My dad's friends have been killed in the line of duty. His friend and partner for 9 years, Perry, got shot by a rifle and he died. We are raising money to buy bullet proof plates so that won't happen again. The vests they wear now won't stop a rifle. These add-on plates will stop many types of rifle rounds. Each plate cost approximately $225. Each police officer needs 2 plates (front and back). We want to raise money for IMPD (Indianapolis Metro Police Deptartment). We are hoping to raise enough money to buy a set of plates for each of the officers on Perry's shift. Please donate money to save officer's lives.
Thank you for your support,
Jacen (age 8) and Ben (age 5)
(With a little help from Mom, Tracy Troxell)
Posted by Tracy Crawford Troxell
I know I've been out of touch. We've been trying to figure out what to do with the money remaining. Thanks to the continued support from one "fan" we made enough to purchase one last set of plates. These plates went to a very special officer: The one who was originally dispatched to the run that ended in Perry's death. Perry switched him runs because he was closer to this one and that's just how Perry was, always helping his fellow officer. The other officer has children, and while Perry's death was tragic, it helps to think God chose him so the other officer could still be here with his children. Due to our crazy busy life these days, we weren't able to hand the plates to the officer. We tried to find a time, but in the end, decided it was better to let him get them sooner rather than later.
At this time, I have shut off the donations feature. We were, and still are, amazed, flabbergasted, and touched by the world's support. I plan to leave the page up so the boys can look back and remember what they accomplished. Heck, the maps with all the pins are still up on the wall! But, this will be the last post.
Again, we could never find the words to fully express our gratitude for your love, support, kind words, prayers, and the life long lessons you helped us teach our sons. We pray that God will continue to bless you all and ask that the next time you see a police officer, take a second stop and thank him/her for all they do to keep you safe. #weseeyou
After the dedication, we were able to hand out all but one set of the plates from our recent order. These officers were pall bearers with Andy. This alone shows how special they were to Perry, as friends and co-workers. Each officer was grateful to receive the plates, as were their families. We have one more set to hand out from this order. I will share that story and pictures after we do.
Again, none of this would be possible without you. Thank you for your support, prayers, and kind words. Jacen remarked on Sunday, "It's almost been 1 year since Ben and I started our campaign. I never thought it would go so long!" The pride I heard in his voice for what he's done made all the work worth it.
This Sunday marks 1 year since Perry was killed in the line of duty. It's still hard to believe he's gone. On Tuesday, IMPD is holding a special ceremony to honor him and placing a plaque near the spot he was killed. We will be there to support Lynn and family, blood and blue.
Thank you all once again for your support. If you haven't done so, and feel so inclined, place a blue light bulb in your outside lights this weekend in honor of Perry and all the fallen officers around the country. It's an easy way to show your support for police officers.
We hope everyone has a safe and fun 4th of July.
Congratulations Jacen on your Medal :)
I live in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. My son is a Police Officer and I just think it's wonderful what you are doing!
We live in Gardnerville, Nevada and our son was a CHP officer. Our son in law is a police officer in a large city in Southern California.
I too am a police officer's wife, and I want to say thank you for looking out for our unsung heroes. They look out for us every day and don't get as much recognition as they should. What a wonderful job you've done, Jacen and family! Maybe one day every officer in our country can get one of these! Thanks so much!
Tracy - I am a fellow IMPD wife and also a teacher in Lawrence Township. I was wondering if there was anything I can do at Fall Creek Valley to help Jacen raise money. We typically pay $ to wear jeans on Fridays and donate the $ to different charities including our own food pantry. I know that he has reached his goal but is there more we can do? Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks!
I think its amazing what Jacen and your family are doing! I would love to help! can you please message me? thank you! www.facebook.com/MyHeroWearsBlue
What a wonderful thing for this young man to do!
The feedback and support for Jacen's efforts are incredible! I saw a report on Jacen and his campaign yesterday on the national Fox News segment.
You are an amazing young man for doing this! My older brother wants to be a police officer and it makes my heart smile that there are kids out that are looking out for our police officers :)
I think this is amazing what your son is doing! I will admit, I was sad it took that long to raise that amount! The residents in Indianapolis should be MORE than willing to even chip in $10 if that means better protection! I have a sister who is an IMPD officer and she is marrying an IMPD officer as well. We should be able to have enough to get EVERY officer what they need to protect them protecting us!! What would it cost to provide EVERY officer plates? GO FOR IT :) Hopefully more news stations can get the word out and through Facebook, people can get the word out! After all, $10 is not much for most! And I bet more businesses would help too if advertised more!! :) Our officers need our support :) You guys have done a great job raising an awesome boy! I hope my kids are just as loving and thoughtful as yours!
How much money would you need to get plates for all the officers who patrol the streets?
David, Thank you for the offer, but we are already working with a company to get the plates. I appreciate the offer though.
I would like to discuss providing you with the right plates you need. Please contact me direct at firstname.lastname@example.org -
Thank you, Elizabeth. As I stated under that comment, we did plenty of research into the plates. The ceramic plates are about 3 lbs lighter EACH. In talking with many officers, most would rather add 4 lbs to their gear than 10. We also learned that the ceramic plates stopped more types of rifle rounds than the AR500 plates. We watched videos, with Jacen, and discussed the pros and cons of both with him. This is his idea, so we let him decide. He chose to go with the lighter, thinner plates that offer better protection. You know what they say, "You get what you pay for." Plus, most officers can afford the cheaper version. He wanted to provide the better option knowing officers can't afford them on their own. Again, thank you for your concern.
There was a comment on the news report advising it use ar500.com, they had plates that will stop rifle shots and cost around 100 each, alowing your son to provide more officers with the plates