PINCKNEYVILLE -- The Perry County Sheriff's Department became the first sheriff's office in Illinois last week to receive a ballistic shield courtesy of Jack Queen, a canine police officer in Royalton, who is also part of AEGIS Tactical Defense, a nonprofit organization that purchases shields to donate to schools, churches, hospitals, and law enforcement groups.
In Greek mythology, Aegis was a shield or breastplate emblematic of majesty that was associated with Zeus and Athena.
Cost of the shield is about $1,500. And the one made possible for Perry County was the direct result of donations made by Holts Prairie Baptist Church, The Trophy Room, Bill Kemme State Farm Insurance, Jones and Son Guns and Archery of Du Quoin, First Baptist Church of Nashville, Church of the Nazarene Royalton, and Family Church of God in Zeigler.
Some area schools have already received shields and training in their use and have called on the services of Queen and his canine companion, Tess, to help conduct searches for firearms and ammunition.
To donate to the shield program, visit gofundme.com/school-shield-program.