DENVER -- Together we've helped protect members of the Colorado law enforcement community.
FOX31 and Channel 2 viewers along with the Colorado community raised more than $100,000 on Thursday to help provide protective gear for law enforcement officers. Thank you to all who contributed. Through your generosity, a family stepped in and matched the total raised. With their donation of $100,000, the total raised is now over $200,000.
That money can provide more than 140 sets of protective gear.
FOX31 Problem Solvers and Colorado's Own Channel 2 partnered with Shield616, a Colorado nonprofit, to launch "Support the Shield."
In wake of three officers being shot and killed in the line of duty in recent weeks "Support the Shield" will help better equip our men and women in blue with the best gear possible.
Through donated funds, Shield 616 purchases and distributes rifle-ready protection designed for quick deployment to departments across Colorado and the nation.
Shield616 works directly with police agencies to distribute their equipment where it is needed most.
"As a community, we are saddened by these tragic officer deaths and we all want to do something to help these men and women who risk their lives for us daily," said Joan Barret, Vice President & General Manager of KDVR-TV, "Through this campaign we want to offer a way for us in the community to help keep our men and women in blue safe."
You can still help
In the form where it asks for an officer's name or an agency, put the word "any" if there is not a specific person or agency you want to donate to.
Donations can be earmarked for specific agencies or Colorado in general. Shield616 works directly with police agencies to distribute their equipment to specific officers.
We also looked closer at the body armor worn by officers in this recent story.