Alderman Pumps Gas To Help Buy Bulletproof Vests For Cops

Steve Miller
February 21, 2020 - 8:02 pm
Matt O'Shea Pumps Gas

Chicago Ald. Matt O'Shea pumps gas to raise money for police vests. /WBBM Newsradio


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A South Side alderman is leading an effort to raise money to buy new bullet-proof vests for Chicago Police officers who need them.

Ald. Matt O'Shea, 19th, pumped gas and washed windshields at a Mount Greenwood gas station.

A nickel out of every gallon of gas this week goes to the "Get Behind the Vest" campaign.

One of his customers was John Tolley, who's been a police officer for 33 years. He said a vest saved his partner's life.

"I was off that day so he took my spot, and he walked into a garage and the kid came up and out the gun right against his chest and fired. And if he hadn't had that vest, he'd be dead," Tolley said. "That would've been me, too."

Organizers hope to raise $40,000 in one week — much of that at a pancake breakfast Sunday.

They say vests last about five years and then officers have to pay to replace them.