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DETECTIVE MATT HANLIN
On February 16, 2012 deputies of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office were
executing a warrant on a suspected Methamphetamine lab. The nine-
member team approached the residence when a suspect opened fire.
Detective Matt Hanlin was shot through the arm where the round severed
his brachial artery and then hit his chest. His two month old ABA
II armor stopped the round. Deputies returned fire and the suspects were
taken into custody. Det. Hanlin was taken to Orange Park Medical Center
where he underwent extensive surgery to repair the damage to his arm.
LAUNCH OF SAFARILAND, LTD
Froma small garage operation to a full
manufacturing facility, 1964 officially launched
“Internationally Famous” Safariland, Ltd. , withNeale
Perkins as founder and president.
LAPD ADOPTS SAFARILAND’S
OTHER POLICE DEPARTMENTS SOON FOLLOW.
Dick Sheehanwas on patrol in 1976when he surprised burglars. One
of themen shot Sheehan twice in the backwith a .22 rifle. Sheehan
was protected by his Safariland vest.
AMERICAN BODY ARMOR
Industry leader American Body Armor
is born. Established as the
high-performance standard in hybrid-engineered, concealable
body armor for bothmen andwomen, ABA quickly became the
premier brand throughout the lawenforcement community.
SAFARILAND BALLISTICS INC.
SBI is formed and is the first company to successfully
design and sell a commercially viable armor product
using a then newmaterial called Kevlar
HOLSTER SECURITY LEVELS
ARE INTRODUCED AND CHANGE
THE INDUSTRY FOREVER