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LAPLACE, La. - St. John the Baptist Sheriff Mike Tregre is thanking the community for stepping up and helping to protect his deputies.

At a luncheon Wednesday, he thanked the people and businesses who donated to a bulletproof vest fund.

Tregre said his office had to replace more than 100 vests after Hurricane Isaac, because many of the old vests were saturated by water and ruined.

Those who donated money for new vests got to hand deliver the brand new vests at Wednesday's event.

'We deserve to go home in one piece just like everybody else when they finish their work. The vests are just another tool in a chest for my officers and officers throughout the metro area to be safe,' Tregre said.

The St. John Parish community helped raise enough money to buy 187 new vests.

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