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Protection offered for protectors

 

February 21, 2020

Jana Peterson

Debbie Skifstad of Shield 616 presents Cloquet police officer Larry Sherk with gear including an armor vest and helmet to help protect him from rifle bullets. Sherk is both a school resource officer in Cloquet and part of the local emergency response team.

Shield 616 and the Cloquet Eagles Club worked together to make Cloquet's newest school resource officer (SRO), and the children he is there to protect, a little bit safer.

On Wednesday, Feb. 12, SRO Larry Sherk was presented with gear from Shield 616, a nonprofit organization that raises money to provide law enforcement officers with better protection.

The nonprofit group was started after founder Jake Skifstad, a former Colorado police officer and SWAT team member, responded to a shooting at a church that killed two and injured three more. He realized later that his police-issued vest woul...



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