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Hingham residents again donate safety vests to police

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  January 17, 2013 11:28 AM

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Photo courtesy of Hingham Police

(From left) Police Chief Michael Peraino, Hingham resident Keith Rutherford, Deputy Chief Glenn Olsson

Keith Rutherford presented a donation to the Hingham Police Department to pay for bullet- resistant vests for two new officers.

Rutherford and his wife, Carolyn, have donated the full cost of the these vests for the last seven Hingham officers who have been hired in the past three years.

Vests typically cost between $500-$600 a piece.

The two men who will receive the new vests are Mark Bologna and Terrance Low, who are scheduled to graduate from the police academy in New Braintree on Feb. 15.

According to Sgt. Steven Dearth, the vests are standard equipment for officers to have, and their donation frees up a considerable amount of money for other things within the budget.

"It's a question of allocating the money," Dearth said. "It takes a huge burden off the budget of the Police Department.”

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