New bulletproof vest given to Odessa officer that was shot in December

New bulletproof vest given to Odessa officer that was shot in December
Cpl. Cory Wester receives new bulletproof vest (Source: KWES)
Cpl. Cory Wester's new bulletproof vest (Source: KWES)
Cpl. Cory Wester's new bulletproof vest (Source: KWES)

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - An Odessa police officer who was shot in the line of duty back in December had his life saved by his bulletproof vest.

On Wednesday, the Odessa Police Department gave Corporal Cory Wester a new vest.

Back on December 23, 2015, Corporal Wester and Sergeant Pete Gonzalez went to arrest a fugitive.

That fugitive opened fire on the two of them.

Gonzales was shot in the arm and Wester was hit in the leg and his vest.

Odessa Police Chief Tim Burton explained the importance of body armor.

"There are only two jobs where people put on ballistic body armor. One are soldiers who are going to war and the other is police officers when they are going to work everyday. Thank goodness for the protection of the body armor that the officers wear," said Burton.

The vest was manufactured by Safari Land.

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