ABERDEEN, Wash. - The Aberdeen Police Department, and it's interagency SWAT Team will be getting some new body armor, compliments of a new tenant at the Port of Grays Harbor. Reed Composite Solutions will donate 10 sets of the lifesaving equipment at a special ribbon cutting ceremony in December.
Ryan Reed from Reed Composite Solutions told port commissioners recently that he's been pretty busy since the startup leased space in the port's Coastal Innovation Zone. "We've already done some work with the City of Aberdeen, and we're working with the Department of Homeland Security in their new office. The local police forces have taken quite an interest in the body armor plate. I'm happy to report that not only do we have backlog business locally, nationwide, but also internationally."
The equipment is being donated in the memory of Hoquiam Officer Donald M. Burke, killed in the line of duty when a routine traffic stop turned tragic on April 16th, 1980.
The company's partner Victory Tactical Gear is providing the plates, founded in 2010 by active and retired law enforcement officers, their mission is to design and manufacture important life protection equipment and tactical gear.