Young boy raises money for bulletproof plates for Indy officers

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.

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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.

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