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Murdered Armored Car Guards Might Have Been Saved by Body Armor

October 05, 2007  | 

Both armored car guards killed in yesterday’s armored car robbery in Philadelphia may have been saved if they had been wearing body armor.

Joe Alullo and William Widmaier, both retired Philadelphia police officers, died from gunshot wounds to the chest and abdomen. They were not wearing armor.

Loomis, the armored car company that employed the two men, does not require its guards to wear body armor on the job.

“While we encourage them, the choice to wear a vest is up to the individual,” Loomis spokesman Mark Clark told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Loomis employees must buy their own vests at a charge of about $500, but the company offers interest-free financing for the purchase.

At presstime Philadelphia police and other local law enforcement were conducting a massive manhunt for the suspect.

He is described as a black man, wearing a yellow baseball cap with a black logo, a black short-sleeved shirt, blue jeans, and white sneakers. Video of the robbery indicates that he was driving a four-door black Acura TL with a sunroof. Police said Friday that they may have located the car.

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cpd169 @ 10/6/2007 4:35 AM

While body armor doesn't guarantee that the wearer won't be killed if shot, it's a lot better to wear one than not. I believe that armored car workers should be issued body armor by their employers, like most LEO's are.

Issued or not, if I were to ever go to work for an aromored car comapny after retiring from law enforcement you can be assured that I'd be wearing a vest to work everyday.

sectionone @ 11/24/2007 11:11 PM

If you carry a firearm, wearing a vest should be required by the agency employed. It just makes sense.

However, I was just amused by a recent news report that many bad guys are now buying body armour, due to recent gang slayings.

Obviously, someone is learning from the past. Perhaps armoured car companies can expense it out and protect assets other than financial.

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