N.C. department borrows bulletproof vests

Jesse James DeConto
The News & Observer

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The Chapel Hill Fire Department borrowed nearly 40 bulletproof vests for its EMTs in March in case of gang violence during a potential Final Four celebration for the Tar Heels.

The department has also applied for a $40,000 federal grant to purchase 30 vests and two ballistic blankets to cover victims in case they have to respond to situations in which bullets are flying.

Fire Chief Dan Jones said the vests will protect emergency crews in neighborhoods such as Pine Knolls, where one teenager shot another this year.

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