Patrolman Shares Story About Life-Saving Body Armor from Point Blank
Posted on July 18, 2017
When a seemingly routine traffic stop escalated to an officer being shot at situation, then-Sgt. Paul Kotter of the Utah Highway Patrol was sure glad that he was wearing his body armor. He was working a low-risk detail that day and contemplated not wearing his vest, but ultimately decided to wear it because of his ingrained training.
Kotter was struck twice during the exchange of gunfire and the body armor definitely stopped the bullets that should have entered the chest cavity or upper torso. The incident sparked renewed vigor in his department to wear …