Crescent City community photo gallery for March 26, 2015 _lowres

Photo provided by VFW - Shown are, from left, Rudy Sampey, Emmett Smelser, Tom Shulz, Sheriff Lonnie Greco, Deputy Bridget Harrell, Wheeler Lalonde, Ed Theriot and Terrell Stevens

The Belle Chasse-based American Legion Post 329 donated a bulletproof vest to the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office. The vest was issued to recently hired Reserve Patrol Deputy Bridget Harrell.

No one knows the importance of this body armor more than Harrell. On March 25, 2003, she was shot in the line of duty while responding to a domestic disturbance call while working for the Pike County, Mississippi, Sheriff’s Office.

During the presentation, Sheriff Lonnie Greco and Harrell thanked Post 329 Legionnaires Rudy Sampey, commander; Emmett Smelser, chaplain; Tom Shulz, first vice commander; Wheeler Lalonde, adjutant; Ed Theriot, finance officer; and Terrell Stevens, member.

“That you thought so highly of my safety and well-being is truly humbling,” Harrell said. “Please know that I will put this protective gear to good use.”