October Guardian Angels

Every month Safe Life Defense selects at least 3 people to receive free body armor through our Guardian Angel Program. This program was designed by our CEO to help those who can't afford body armor to get the protection they need.

This October, we've selected three amazing people to receive our Concealable Multi-Threat Vest Level IIIA.

Join us in thanking Hector, Blake, and Bryan for their contributions to their communities!

Hector Winchester

Hector's Story:

I keep getting people asking the same question every day.

“Are you sure you still want to become an officer during this time?”

Now more than ever, I have a fire burning inside to get certified and start working at my department to do my part and help the community. My department is a great little place with amazing people and support from the city and community, but as with all small departments, funds are in short supply. It will be great help and blessing to have a vest donated to help the department fund some other much needed necessities. 

Blake Bell

Blake's Story:

I am a reserve police officer for my department. They require me to have a gun and handcuffs. Armor to the department is optional for reserves. We have to buy our armor as the department can't afford to buy us any. 

However, I feel very strongly about needing armor for the job. I can't afford it at this time as I only make $800 per month at my everyday job as a state park naturalist. It takes my whole paycheck to pay my bills. 

I have wished several times I had armor as I was walking up on a scene that just seemed like something could happen. My goal at night is to make it back home to my fiancee. 

She worries about me a lot when I'm on duty. Honestly, I worry about my own life sometimes. I think that having a vest would make a big difference. 

I would love to have a new vest through your Guardian Angel Program. It would make me feel a lot better about being in some situations.

Bryan Garcia

Bryan's Story:

I was raised by my grandfather and grandmother and was taught that the universe doesn’t throw anything at me that it doesn’t think I couldn’t handle, and I have been through a lot. Yet, I am grateful for those experiences and think that I was meant to struggle to help others. 

In these troubling times, I know now more than ever that I am choosing a profession that many would find undesirable. But someone has to care and fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. I’d never forgive myself if I didn’t. 

I come from very modest means and work long hours to put food on the table for my kids, as many good Americans do. I am getting older and fear if something were to happen to me, I’d have nothing to leave my wife and kids. 

This armor would not only give my wife and kids some peace of mind but also one day save me to keep me with them.

I believe in good things and that this world can be better and stronger. I push for that every day. Not just in my career and advancements to become an officer, but also in my daily practice when I communicate with others. 


Thank you to this month's Guardian Angels and everyone who applied! We enjoyed reading your submissions. We are always so impressed by your bravery and are honored to protect you with our armor.

If YOU are interested in applying to be a Guardian Angel, click here.

All of our Guardian Angels will receive a free Concealable Multi-Threat Vest in Level IIIA from Safe Life Defense in their size with our perfect fit guarantee! Click here.


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12 thoughts on “October Guardian Angels

  1. Hector Winchester says:

    I am speechless. Today has been a blessed day. Passed a major test at my police academy, came home to my lovable bulldogs, about to start studying but decided to procrastinate a bit by reading your blogs….. I SEE MYSELF! I can see it but still can’t believe it! Thank you for this! I’m seriously speechless! I can’t wait to have it on!

  2. Daniel Sheppard says:

    I love your product! Just can’t afford one right now. I wish I would know n about y’all s product when I was in the coast guard. We had these cheap handy downs. By chance do and I hate to ask but do y’all offer a veteran discount? Thanks a million and keep up the good work!

  3. Billy Smith says:

    In a few days I will attend our Police and Fire Chaplin Academy. I am excited about about this opportunity to serve the men and women of our Police department. This will be a new program within our department. Thus, extra funds are limited at this time. If there is any opportunity for a vest of any kind it would be greatly appreciated.

  4. David Hendrickson says:

    Willing to start a guardian angle group with the guys in the neighborhood a ruff neighborhood at that. I do carry. I am an EMT was a RESPIRITORY therapists for 31 years now retired. The need to make our neighbors safe is a must. Thank you for you time and effort.

  5. Marina L La Near says:

    I see many police officers who get free body armor. My husband is a security officer in good standing and he works too hard. Most days he works 7 days a week 12 hours a day and he has body armor that is 15 years old and maybe does not work. We don’t have the money to buy new armor especially since the COVID-19 and I worry about him everynight. My husband does everything police officers do and still he does not have the protection he needs.

  6. Anthony Ward says:

    Hello, my name is Anthony Ward I am a Fire Fighter/Paramedic for the town of Westport MA. We are a small 21 man department providing 2 ALS Ambulances, Fire suppression, Marine Rescue and Fire suppression, HazMat mitigation, and Technical Rescue in our 64 square mile coverage area. Over the past few years with Mass Shootings and an increase in violence about half of the members have also added Tactical Medicine to our training. Our Chief was able to acquire 4 cheap one size fits all style of ballistic vests, but for the majority of the members, they provide very little protection. I am very interested in your first response Multi-Threat Vest but myself and our members will not be able to afford them. Do you know of any programs that may help defer the cost or discounts that be maybe able to look into?

    Thank you,

    Anthony Ward

  7. Manuel O Alvarez says:

    Thank you Hector for all you do, I’m retired law enforcement officer of 16 years and love this program I’m volunteer for search and rescue. Still practice what I learned in the academy and teach the skills I have to those that are interested .

  8. Patrick Pratt says:

    How can I be one of the three that body armor for November . Army Veteran laid off due to covid seeking employment. Married 3 kids active in city at most if not all decisions protest to help make sure it dose not get out of control

  9. Carla Moser says:

    I want to give a shout out to those that applied to this program. I am proud of each one and want to thank you for your service. I know each and
    every one that entered had a need for one of these vest and I wish all of you could have won.
    God Bless each of you.
    Carla from Arkansas

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