INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – An 8-year-old boy proved that no matter how old, anyone can make a difference, and help make the city safer.
On Wednesday 8-year-old Jacen Troxell and his little brother handed out 34 protective vest plates to 16 North District Indianapolis Metropolitan Police officers.
The officers work the same streets, and the same late shift that fallen Officer Perry Renn worked.
Jacen raised $10,000 to pay for the plates by starting a GoFundMe page.
Troxell’s dad is an IMPD detective, who knew Officer Renn well.
“I worked with him every day for the first 9 years of my career,” said Andrew Troxell. “So, this was very personal and in turn it became personal to my son, and that’s why he wanted to do this.”
Andrew Troxell said he is so proud of his son, and amazed by how much he raised.
The GoFundMe page got donations from as far as Canada, and Hawaii.
Jacen raised $17,000 in all, and says the rest of the money is going to the FOP, to buy more of the plates for other officers.
“We would go out anyway,” said Troxell. “It doesn’t matter what we’re wearing it doesn’t matter what we have, our job is to go out there and stop the bad guys. Hopefully, having these plates will give them a little extra confidence when they go out, that way they know that they have something that will stop these rifle rounds if they end up coming at them again.”
Also at the ceremony was an officer who knows all too well the importance of safety vests and plates.
Officer Gregory Milburn was honored with a Kevlar survivor’s award. Milburn was shot in the line of duty, but survived while wearing a Kevlar vest.
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