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Blue Line Ladies, a local nonprofit organization, has presented the Weber County Sheriff’s Office with 44 steel-plated vests after raising more than $10,000 during summer fundraisers.

OGDEN — Blue Line Ladies, a local nonprofit organization, has presented the Weber County Sheriff’s Office with 44 steel-plated vests after raising more than $10,000 during summer fundraisers.

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“As we met with different agencies, we discovered a large need statewide for steel-plated vests,” Lydia Hebdon, director of Blue Line Ladies, said in a statement. “As wives of officers, we wanted to do more than watch our husbands go to work every day. We wanted to help them somehow.”

The organization, started in Weber County and staffed by volunteer wives of police officers, has made it a goal to provide a vest for every officer in the state.

According to the statement, the vests are worn over the uniform when needed and protect against large handguns, rifles and shotguns.

The 44 vests were used to equip school resource officers and most of the agency’s patrol deputies. The sheriff’s office still needs 35 vests to fully equip the rest of its deputies.