By CLAY NEELY
In an effort to help keep police officers safer, a Newnan nonprofit is donating ballistic helmets to the Coweta County SWAT team.
The helmets were a gift from the Newnan Coweta Public Safety Foundation which footed the tab for the gear, which costs approximately $8,858.
It’s just another way of investing in the safety of first responders, according to Norma Haynes who helps run the tax-exempt foundation.
All money raised by the organization comes directly from donors and goes to assisting members of Coweta County’s public safety community.
Members from the Newnan Coweta Public Safety Foundation stand with the Coweta SWAT team. From left are Warren Campbell, Dan Jenkins, Shedrick Carthern, Ruth Ann Embrey, Garrett Gorringe, Pat Craven, Mark Griffin, Earlene Scott, Andy Hinesley, Beth Headley, Tyler Long, Norma Haynes, Jon House, Anthony Bufano, Kevin Keeble, and Mark Minix.
“It’s our great pleasure to supply our men and women who serve us so faithfully with help when it is needed,”Haynes said. “These helmets will hopefully protect our SWAT team and our EMTs who are called into dangerous situations – it’s a small price to pay if it will save a life.”
The group has already donated a total of $29,211 this year, including the donation of $4,800 for the purchase of five Garmin GPS collars for the K-9 unit, which provides instant tracking information to each dog’s handler, and NTP wall clocks for Coweta County 911.
The group has also assisted with the financial assistance for employees suffering from medical and financial problems, along with providing scholarships for young applicants from public safety families.
The foundation is a tax-exempt organization. Donations can be made to the NCPS Foundation at P.O. Box 1113, Newnan, GA 30264.