The Collingdale Business and Professional Association (CBPA) made the holidays brighter for local police recently when members  donated $500 to help pay for up to 30 bullet-resistant vests.

The presentation was made to Collingdale resident Marc Hanley who, as a Ridley Park police officer in August 2015, was shot twice in the line of duty and credits the vest he was wearing for saving his life.

Hanly and fellow Ridley Park officer Jim Nasella’s wife, Carole, founded Vest-A-Cop which has raised over $40,000 in slightly over a year.

“Once we started talking we realized a lot of guys had to pay for their own vest or didn’t have the funds to get the vests they need,” Hanly said. “We feel everyone needs to have the vest if they are out on the street protecting people. It’s very important and true to my heart. We are going to make sure everybody gets what they need.”

BPA President Ed Corbett (left) and member Pat Felker (right) flank Collingdale resident and veteran police officer Marc Hanly, co-founder of Vest-A-Cop, after presenting him $500 for his program from the Collingdale Business and Professional Association.

CBPA President Ed Corbett (left) and member Pat Felker (right) flank Collingdale resident and veteran police officer Marc Hanly, co-founder of Vest-A-Cop, after presenting him $500 for his program from the Collingdale Business and Professional Association.

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