- Associated Press - Friday, July 18, 2014

HOUMA, La. (AP) - Maritime technology firm Beier Radio has donated seven bulletproof vests to Terrebonne Parish law enforcement agencies/

Keith Gallicio, president of the Houma chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police, tells The Courier (https://bit.ly/1jEEIFd ) his group contacted the company at the right time.

One of the fraternity’s promoters called Beier Radio about donating money and coincidentally the company was looking for a local group to contribute to.

“We don’t want to just give money where we don’t see where it goes. We want to do something specific,” said Beier Radio owner Karl Beier.

The initial donation included just two vests, one for the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office and one for Houma Police Department. After picking up the first vests in early June, Gallicio said the Sheriff’s Office realized its need to update its safety equipment.

He said insurance mandates require vests to be replaced periodically

“After 10 years these vests, even though the vests are still good, it’s not protected,” Gallicio said.

Gallicio called Beier to request five more vests for the Sheriff’s Office and within weeks they arrived.

The purchase of the vests, each valued at roughly $500, is part of a larger philanthropic push by the company, Beier said.

“We can do more and will do more. We’ve got money to help the community,” he said. “We’re looking for meaningful projects to donate money for.”

In the future, Beier said he will look to address local fire departments’ equipment needs.

Beier Radio’s move to the area was sparked by a need to be closer to clients in Port Fourchon.

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Information from: The Courier, https://www.houmatoday.com

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