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UPMC Pinnacle presented more than 120 pieces of protective equipment, including vests, steel plates and helmets, to the Harrisburg Police Department in the Martin Luther King City Government Center.
On hand for the official presentation were Mayor Eric R. Papenfuse, Kathy Hogan-Flinn, MPA, BSN, RN, nursing director of emergency services at UPMC Pinnacle, Commissioner Thomas Carter, Deputy Chief Deric Moody, and Sergeant Tom McGarrity.
UPMC Pinnacle Emergency Department (ED) physicians and nurses have a bond with the Harrisburg Police Department, notes a Pinnacle news release. Upon learning that they needed money to purchase protective trauma vests and equipment, UPMC Pinnacle nurses sprang into action, and the ‘3.2 to Protect the Blue’ was hosted in June 2018, raising more than $20,000. The Pinnacle Health Foundation supported the event with an additional contribution which increased the number of protective bullet proof vests, carriers, and helmets purchased.
The ballistic vests differ from what officers typically wear during their shifts, because they can provide protection against most high-caliber weapons.