Sunday, September 20, 2020

Ballistic Vest Saves Officer’s Life


Corporal William Pschigoda (second from left) was saved by his SafariLand ballistic vest. Photo by Frank Steiger

Corporal William Pschigoda (second from left) was saved by his SafariLand ballistic vest. Photo by Frank Steiger

On December 5, 2006, Corporal William “Billy” Pschigoda, Collier County Sheriff’s office, was intentionally struck by a vehicle involved in a high speed pursuit. While Corporal Pschigoda was outside of his patrol car deploying Stop Sticks, he was struck by the subject vehicle. The subject vehicle being pursued had its windshield broken by the impact of Corporal Pschigoda’s body. Corporal Pschigoda was then thrown from the vehicle approximately 200 feet from the point of impact.

Corporal Pschigoda suffered extensive head injuries as well as injuries to his arms and legs. His chest and back were covered by his SafariLand Armorwear Gold II 4.0 ballistic vest. His chest and back were protected by the vest and did not suffer any injuries. The vest sustained many deep cuts across the back from the broken glass and metal as well as the asphalt. It was determined that the ballistic vest saved Corporal Pschigoda’s life.

Recently a ceremony was held, where SafariLand Director, Nicholas Gorsky and Account Manager, Shawn Welch, said a few words and presented Chief Bloom and Corporal Pschigoda with a plaque and a few other items.

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