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Video: Wride Family Pushing for Bulletproof Windshields

February 13, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Wride Family Pushing for Bulletproof Windshields

Utah County Sheriff’s Officer Sgt. Cory Wride was shot and killed in the line of duty nearly two weeks ago. Nannette Wride said her husband didn't have to die and believes he would still be alive today if his police cruiser's windshield was bullet proof, reports fox13now. Their oldest son Nathan Mohler wants every law enforcement officer in the country to have bullet-proof protection and says he'll do everything he can to get President Obama's attention, but he needs the public's help.

"He was big on integrity, he was honorable and courageous, he loved the Lord, but he loved being a police officer, he loved serving people," said Nannette Wride, whose husband died Jan. 30. "There were seven shots, shot at his car. Three of them went through the windshield. Two of them hit him, one him right here, one went through his artery in his neck so he was instantly dead but it didn't have to happen."

Nannette Wride and Mohler started an online petition at www.whitehouse.gov called "Protect our law enforcement from being shot like Sgt. Cory Wride." Nannette Wride and Mohler want every police cruiser to have a bullet-proof windshield and windows.

The petition needs 100,000 online signatures to get the President’s attention. They have around 6,000 signatures and they have until March 7, less than 30 days, to reach their goal.

Tags: Duty Deaths, Families of Officers, Barack Obama, Utah County Sheriff


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Ima Leprechaun @ 2/13/2014 4:13 PM

The problem I have with this is the weight alone would make the car exceptionally top heavy. There are other disadvantages such as the need for emergency evacuation of the car and bulletproof windows become large fast moving deadly objects in a car crash. I am fine with the glass now used for windshields and being safety glass when it shatters in becomes little pieces and not shards of ballistic knives that would come from heavier glass. The only perfect vehicle would be an armored car and then we lose speed and mobility. A cars windshield is not intended to be used as a shield but sometimes we do get lucky by the angle of the glass and bullets can bounce off a windshield but there is no reason to expect a windshield to stop any bullet. Safety is good but there is a point where the protection would outweigh any benefit. I would like the option of being able to be saved by breaking myself out of my car or by rescue personnel and not pinned inside by unbreakable glass. The only way Officer Wride would be alive today would be if a crazy man that shot him had not created an ambush for him. The crazy man did this to Officer Wride not the glass in his patrol car.

SWATCOP @ 2/13/2014 5:30 PM

Please educate yourself before speaking, I think this is an excellent idea. There are manufacturers of ballistic film that can be put on windshields which I have personally seen tested and it works great and does not add that much weight. Granted it is not glass from an armored car or bank glass but it sure beats the alternative which is nothing. The only problem is the cost, that film is not cheap at all. And yes when being ambushed your chances are slim when it comes to that but if i can be armed with the best equipment then why not. Just my two cents

Ima Leprechaun @ 2/13/2014 7:45 PM

So just wrap every police officer in ballistic wrap and everyone will be always be safe.

Ima Leprechaun @ 2/13/2014 7:53 PM

Once crazy cop killers find they have to use something bigger than a gun do we up the ante every time too? I was just curious since I need more education.

Johnny Law @ 2/14/2014 2:01 PM

SWATCOP you are correct, the film you speak of is installed on the glass of government buildings to protect it from explosives and gunfire in case of a terrorist attack. It would certainly fortify a car windshield with little weight added. Ignore the leprachaun he is so out of touch!! LOL

Retired Chief @ 2/14/2014 6:56 PM

For years we taught officers that their patrol car is a potential coffin and to stay out of it on a traffic (or other) stop so that they could have a better chance of watching 360 degrees, moving, and moving to cover if necessary. All that went out the window with the advent of MDT's and MCT's where officers now sit in their vehicles running checks on license plates and suspects.

IMO ballistic defeating window glass in police vehicles is not only expensive it only partially solves the problem. The best defense to being shot at is to move aggressively (doing so saved my life once even though I was shot). Kind of hard to do that inside a vehicle. The natural instinct is to duck down on the seat (assuming all the equipment in the center console area even allows that) but then what? The suspect advances right up to the driver's window and you have no where to go. We need to teach officers to use their vehicle as a weapon or to drive out of the kill zone if under fire.

Retired Chief @ 2/14/2014 6:56 PM

For years we taught officers that their patrol car is a potential coffin and to stay out of it on a traffic (or other) stop so that they could have a better chance of watching 360 degrees, moving, and moving to cover if necessary. All that went out the window with the advent of MDT's and MCT's where officers now sit in their vehicles running checks on license plates and suspects.

IMO ballistic defeating window glass in police vehicles is not only expensive it only partially solves the problem. The best defense to being shot at is to move aggressively (doing so saved my life once even though I was shot). Kind of hard to do that inside a vehicle. The natural instinct is to duck down on the seat (assuming all the equipment in the center console area even allows that) but then what? The suspect advances right up to the driver's window and you have no where to go. We need to teach officers to use their vehicle as a weapon or to drive out of the kill zone if under fire.

Ricahrd Hightower @ 2/17/2014 7:54 AM

The real problem issue is with the existance of MDT's and MCT's in patrol cars. It SERIOUSLY hampers the officers situational awareness. IMO and IMO only, the days of stop with dispatchers running the plates were a much more effective system. Officers should be "policing" and not running down data in the field. The "bean counter" mentality must stop in the high-risk world of policing. -- As a side note, bullet RESISTANT glass is not such a good idea. All known bullet resistant laminates and polycarbonates (as well as the newer films) degrade with UV exposure. And conventional windshield glass is supprizingly effective at deflecting common handgun and even intermedia rifle / crbine rounds. Situational Awareness is MUCH more valuable than high-cost / degradable and ultimately only marginally more effective patrol vehicle windshields.

swatcop @ 2/17/2014 3:16 PM

I agree situational awareness is key to surviving most of what we encounter. With that being said ambushes don't allow you the time to prepare hence the word ambush. As far as the film degrading I say if we have to allocate routine replacement on the windshields then so be it, its better than the alternative. I am sure there has been extensive testing on the life span of ballistic films or DOJ wouldn't sign off on its usage. All I am saying is that if we can add an extra layer of safety for us out here on the street then I am all for it. The cost of periodic replacement by far outweighs the alternative here. Just my two cents. Stay safe out there folks, its getting worse everyday.

Ima Leprechaun @ 2/17/2014 6:58 PM

Once the glass is fortified then what do you do about that big gasoline bomb you are sitting on top of? It's a means of transportation it's not an armored fort. Good training and due care are all you can do in a real world environment. Just be aware the ballistic film limits the safety of the driver of the car as much as it protects them. The need to escape your car in an emergency should also be a consideration because the more you armor the car the fewer options you have in an emergency. The Utah Officer killing was a preplanned ambush, the shooting was not a random spur of the moment thing. The Officer had no chance from the start and his car did not kill him, a crazy person killed him. With the Utah shooting, the Officer never stood a chance and he had no options because he was ambushed. Many Officers forget in an emergency a car does have a reverse option and retreat is not a failure to respond but just another option to survive. Retreating to a safe distance is a good option to stay alive while awaiting back-up. But Officer Wride never had any options as he was killed before he knew he was under attack hence the meaning of the word ambush. I think too many here miss the point but these are the people that do not understand what we do anyway and I would never be able to convince them otherwise.

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