INDIANAPOLIS - A local boy has made it his mission to raise money to better protect Indianapolis police officers.
Officers wear vests that protect against most common weapons, but they do no stop rifle rounds. Jacen Troxell has made it his mission to change that.
Troxell, 8, is raising money online so a group of officers can add bulletproof plates to their vests to protect them from rifle rounds.
Our Streets, Our Stories | Ways you're stepping up in Indianapolis
Crown Hill Cemetery presented Troxell and his dad with a $1,000 check Thursday afternoon.
Troxell said he has already raised almost $16,000.
He decided to start the fundraiser after Officer Perry Renn was killed in the line of duty. Renn was a friend of Troxell’s dad, who is also an IMPD officer.
"Each plate cost approximately $225. Each police officer needs 2 plates (front and back). We want to raise money for IMPD (Indianapolis Metro Police Department). We are hoping to raise enough money to buy a set of plates for each of the officers on Perry's shift," Troxell's gofundme page said.
Crispus Attucks cheerleaders to get uniforms
Crispus Attucks cheerleaders will get their new uniforms after all, thanks to the help of a generous donor.
ITW: A new plan to 'transform' IPS?
Education is front and center Sunday on Indianapolis This Week, with IPS Superintendent Dr. Lewis Ferebee and Chalkbeat Indianapolis Bureau…
VIDEO: Tony Kanaan says racing a 'selfish sport'
RTV6 Sports Director Dave Furst caught up with IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan in Sonoma, California, this week.
VIDEO: Mario Andretti on death of Justin Wilson
RTV6 Sports Director Dave Furst caught up with IndyCar legend Mario Andretti in Sonoma, California, this week.
VIDEO: Oriol Servia on driving Wilson's car
RTV6 Sports Director Dave Furst caught up with IndyCar driver Oriol Servia in Sonoma, California, this week.