Two to three hundred ballistic vests cross Angie Wilson’s sewing station everyday, but she’s got to pay attention to each like it’s her only one.

“If we do something wrong, it could take a life. We don’t want to take that chance,” Wilson said. “That’s why we make sure that we do this right.”

Wilson is a team leader for Jacksboro-based PACA Body Armor, which produces about 1,500 bullet resistant vests per week.

“The point of body armor is to save lives,” said PACA Body Armor Vice President Clarence Hutton. “Once or twice a month we’ll get a card or an e-mail or something from a family member that says, ‘Because of what you do, my husband or my father was able to come home last night.'”

Each vest is custom made for its future owner.

“We take a lot of pride in making sure our stitches and our work looks good,” Wilson said.

Once finished, the vests are able to withstand bullets from different types of guns, many at point blank range.

For that reason, every KPD officer involved in active enforcement is required to wear one.

“We think it gives our officers every advantage, keeps them safe and helps them perform their job,” said Lt. Jeff Stiles.

One of those able to perform his job recently, face a bullet to the chest, and then return home thanks to one of the vests, lives just a couple counties away from where it was made.

Source: Alison Morrow for WBIR.

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