Student wants to buy police new bullet-proof vests
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Five years ago, Boiling Spring Lakes police officer Mitch Prince was shot killed in the line of duty. His legacy has inspired a high school senior project to help protect officers.

South Brunswick High student Rachael Devlin is collecting donations to help buy each officer on the BSL police force a bullet proof vest. Devlin says the idea came to her while driving over the Ofc. Prince Memorial Bridge on Highway 87 each day.

Right now, the department has outdated vests from 2002, and the protective material inside them has started to deteriorate.

"It feels great that I'm actually helping somebody and not just a project to graduate, but actually reaching out to the community," Devlin said.

Devlin collected more than $1,000 over the past two days, but she still needs about $5,000 more.

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rachael, we attended your bulletproof vest barbecue fundraiser you had on sunday March 21st for the BSL POLICE dept. we waited in line for @ 10 minutes , we were so glad to see the support you had from the local community and from the other police and fire depts. in surronding towns.we loved all the different raffle tickets you were selling for your high school project ,we bought a few of all of them , as we were in line we saw residents and passerbys coming to you and making donations to your cause , WE FELT GOOD BEING THERE WITH YOU AND YOUR POLICE OFFICERS AND FAMILY that were helping out with the barbecue. the food was delicious , this is such a GREAT CAUSE , keep up the great community work, THANKS!!!

I collected the buckets from around the local stores, and there was almost $100 collected! This goal is really getting accomplished, and I owe total thanks to the community!

RACHAEL , I READ YOUR REPLY STATING YOU HAVE COLLECTED OVER 3,500 DOLLARS,WOW,DOUBLE WOW WOW!!!!! YOU ARE REALLY WORKING HARD ON YOUR SCHOOL PROJECT. WE WILL SEE YOU AT THE SOUTHPORT WAL-MART ON SUNDAY 2/28/10 TO CONTRIBUTE TO YOUR FUNDRAISER , WE ALSO HEARD ABOUT YOUR POLICE BARBECUE ON SUNDAY 3/21/10 , WE CAN'T WAIT FOR FOR THE FOOD AND RAFFLES YOU WILL HAVE THERE. THANKS SEE YOU SOON......

My parents and I collected almost an additional $500 from Sunday April 28. It's really coming together. I'm so excited that I'm getting this accomplished. Thank you so much for your support!

RACHAEL , WE JUST SAW YOUR POSTING ON THE WWAYTV3 COMMUNITY CALENDER POSTING. WE HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING YOUR STORY ON YOUR POLICE VEST FUNDRAISER THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS AND WE ARE PROUD TO KNOW STUDENTS LIKE YOU LIVE IN OUR TOWN. OUR POLICE OFFICERS NEED THE COMMUNITIES HELP AND YOUR BARBECUE WILL BE A GREAT WAY OF PULLING US ALL TOGETHER AND SHOW OUR SUPPORT FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO PROTECT BSL FAMILIES EVERY DAY. JUST THINK WHERE THIS TOWN WOULD AND COULD BE WITHOUT OUR DAILY HERO'S. RACHAEL WE ALL WISH YOU THE BEST IN YOUR SCHOOL PROJECT. WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE BARBECUE ON 3/21/10
THANK YOU FROM PROUD BSL RESIDENTS

I'm just so glad that the community it pulling together, and making this possible. Without everyone's help, this would not have been accomplished. I appreciate the support. Thank you so much:)!

As of now, we raised $1,580.40 just from fundraising. My parents are donating $1,000, and so is my father's work. So were up to $3,580.40
Only $2,419.60 untill I reach my goal.

-Rachael Devlin

You are doing a great job!! Good luck to you.

Thank you so much!
-Rachael Devlin

Hi Rachael , I met you at Wal-Mart on Valentines day, when you were there in the freezing cold ,meeting people and explaining your school project and asking them for their support, to help reach your goal of providing every BSL officer a new life saveing vest. WOW!! you were a SWEETHEART to everyone you talked to that very special VALENTINES DAY. Well we donated to you then and ever since we met you we can't stop thinking about you and your SPECIAL COMMUNITY PROJECT. We are sending in another check donation to the BSL POLICE VEST FUND in your name.I want to thank you and your efforts to accomplish your honorable project.(P.S.) we will see you at your barbecue fundraiser on March 21,2010

Thank you so much for all your support, and donation. We're really pulling together as a community, and getting this accomplished.

Get the word out about the barbecue. Thank you so much!:)
-Rachael Devlin

You make me proud! I am glad to call you my sister, and keep up the great work! I wish I could be down there to help you out, but I know that you're going to do great.

Thanks Jay! i love you brotherbear
:)

GOOD PROJECT RACHAEL !!!!!
YOUR SCHOOL AND YOUR COMMUNITY MUST BE VERY PROUD OF YOU. WE WILL BE SENDING A CHECK TO BSL POLICE VEST FUND ,MAILED TO THE POLICE DEPT.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GREAT COMMUNITY WORK, PLEASE KEEP HELPING OUR LOCAL HERO'S, DON'T EVER GIVE UP

Thank you! I'm doing really good so far, with raising money. My parents are helping out a lot, which is very appreciated!
Thanks for supporting!!
- Rachael Devlin

WOW !!! WHAT A GREAT COMMUNITY PROJECT !!!
YOUNG ADULTS LIKE RACHAEL GETTING INVOLVED WITH HELPING OUR LOCAL HERO'S IS WHAT MAKES THIS NATION GREAT ! I HOPE WE ALL CAN HELP HER IN PROTECTING THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO PROTECT US.
WAY TO GO RACHAEL

Thank you for your support!
I raised almost $1,400 over the past two weeks. It really is coming together well! Every bit helps!

Awesome project idea Rachael! Recently SBHS allowed students to collect cash for Haiti.
Some students were outside after school in the parking lot with collection containers. I think it would great if they would allow you to collect cash donations as people pass thru the parking lot after school one day. This is a great cause! Hope you get an "A."

Thanks for the idea! I defiantely will talk to my principal about that.
- Rachael Devlin

Rachel, I just wanted to tell you that you are an incredible young lady who is doing an amazing thing. In this world, alturism is rare in people years older than you. Keep doing what your doing. The world needs more people like you.

Thank you, I appreciate it.
Its just amazing to know that I'm actually helping the police, who risk their lives every day to protect our community.