Tennessee Schools to Receive Rifle Protection Bulletproof Backpack Inserts in Honor of Former School Resource Officer

Blue Blood Brotherhood and ShotStopⓇ Ballistics, in connection with Sullivan County Tennessee Sheriff Jeff Cassidy, will be giving away 100 BallisticBoardⓇ bulletproof backpack inserts to Sullivan County Schools.  

On February 26, 2019 Sullivan Central High School Resource Officer Sergeant Steve Hinkle was shot and killed in the line of duty. In honor of Sergeant Hinkle’s dedication and service to the residences of Sullivan County, ShotStop will donate 100 rifle protection backpack inserts to be given to Higher Needs students at Sullivan County Schools.  

“The goal at ShotStop has always been to save more lives,” said Matt White, Director of Marketing at ShotStop. “And while we didn’t start out thinking we’d be making bulletproof backpack inserts, the unfortunate truth in today’s world is that a product like this is needed and parents are asking for it.” 

ShotStop and Blue Blood Brotherhood have discovered a strong connection between the two organizations, each focused on taking care of the men and women who serve and protect us every day.  

“When we heard the story of Sgt. Hinkle,” explained Tuesday Browning, Co-Founder of Blue Blood Brotherhood, “we felt like we had to do something special to honor his service to his community.” 

Blue Blood Brotherhood is focused on providing assistance for Families of Fallen Officers along with working with Officers suffering from job related injuries including PTSD retired and active duty.  Our goal is to raise funds to purchase much needed equipment for Departments that are smaller and do not have the budget to protect their Officer.  With Community support we can be sure No Officer Walks The Thin Blue Line Alone! 

ShotStop Ballistics is developing the lightest, thinnest, and strongest advanced armor technologies in the world. ShotStop body armor is currently worn by law enforcement and military men and women across the U.S. and around the world. Its BallisticBoard bulletproof backpack insert, made with Duritium® technology, is an ultra light, ultra thin ballistic material that is developed and manufactured in the USA to withstand multiple shot impacts from handgun and rifle fire (including AR-15). The BallisticBoard insert is perfect for placing in a backpack, computer bag, luggage, or purse to turn it into instant ballistic protection. Tested by NIJ-accredited laboratories to exceed national industry standards, BallisticBoard offers safety, security, and the confidence that you or your loved one is protected. 

“We are deeply grateful for the gracious donations by Blue Blood Brotherhood and ShotStop Ballistics,” said Sheriff Cassidy. “These protective ballistic inserts are just another safety measure we can implement for our higher needs children to ensure safety and security at the highest level. What better cause to contribute to in honor of Sgt. Steve Hinkle, who not only protected these children in our schools, but also laid his life on the line to protect our community.” 

Sergeant Hinkle worked over 30 years at the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office serving his community with honor and pride. ShotStop and Blue Blood Brotherhood are very proud to offer these bulletproof backpack inserts to the students of Sullivan Central High in honor of Sergeant Steve Hinkle.  

“We certainly hope they will never have to use them,” said Browning, “but like a fire extinguisher or seatbelt, it’s better to have it and never use it than need it and not have it.” 

Blue Blood Brotherhood and ShotStop will be making a presentation to the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office and Sullivan County School Board on August 9, 2019, at 11:00am at the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office. Please contact Tuesday Browning at Blue Blood Brotherhood at 914-613-6800 or by email; or contact Matt White at ShotStop Ballistics at 330-686-0020x104 or by email.