“You sweat to death in those vests anyway,” says the Russell County Deputy Sheriff..who survived being shot several times, at close range, when conducting a “routine traffic stop” early Wednesday morning.
The vest was likely the difference in life and death as it stopped several bullets aimed for his chest after pulling over a car with no plates on Ky. 1730 near Wolf Creek Dam.
“It was pretty much point blank..when I got hit….I was trying to retreat, to take cover,” he said from his home.
York says his vest was actually a hand me down…some 5 years old..given to him from a state trooper who had recently received a new one. He says he sometimes went to work without it…but recently..
“I mean I had gut feelings, here and there, I need to be wearing it….I see all this stuff on TV…happening to officers..you never know,” he said.