LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Devorah (Redeemer - Fort Collins, Colorado) and her handlers were honored to be present at the first Shield616 Event for Larimer County, Colorado.
During the ceremony, which was held at Timberline Church in Fort Collins, Larimer County Sheriff’s Deputies were gifted potentially life-saving armor. Community members were also invited to Adopt a Larimer County Deputy to support now prayerfully and in the future as they perform their duties.
The President and CEO of Shield616, Jake Skifstad, told how his vision for “Angel Armor” evolved. He is a retired Police Officer and SWAT Officer from Colorado Springs. He was involved with the New Life and Planned Parenthood shootings in Colorado Springs in 2007, in which the shooters used assault rifles, and one officer was killed, and others were injured.
After 14 years as an Officer, God asked him to do more. He and his team are now working tirelessly to show that first responders are being protected, loved, and supported. Shield616 was founded to provide rifle protection for first responders who sacrificially serve our communities, including police, sheriff, fire, and EMS. 616 is for Ephesians 6:16, which begins, “In all circumstances take up the shield of faith…”.
Newly elected Larimer County Sheriff John Feyen spoke passionately about his faith and stated, “Before putting on the rest of my gear, first I put on the armor of God.”
Each Deputy was given new Angel Armor vests, a Bible with a thin blue line on the cover, and a challenge coin given to the person who “Adopted” them. The Angel Armor only weighs 2.2 pounds and can stop bullets from assault rifles. Their current body armor weighs over 20 pounds and can only stop bullets from a pistol.
The church was filled with Deputies, their families, friends, and community members. Devorah greeted people as they came in and stayed until everyone left. Her handlers, Bonnie Fear and Jody Lockwood adopted a Deputy and plan to share their names with their team so everyone can include them in their prayers.