Businesses contribute to boy's bulletproof vest plate fundraiser

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An 8-year-old Indianapolis boy on a mission to protect police officers is getting a helping hand.

Jacen Troxell will use the money to buy bulletproof plates to go in vests for police officers. Crown Hill Cemetery and Leppert Mortuary donated $1,000 each to Troxell's fundraiser Thursday.

The boy is all over social media, asking for people to help him make our police officers safer. In the past year, IMPD has buried two police officers at Crown Hill Cemetery who were shot and killed in the line of duty.

Troxell wants officers on the street to have maximum protection when it comes to fighting crime in our city.

"Because they will help with rifles. I've had a lot of family and friends donate," Troxell said.

Jacen's father, an IMPD officer, says donations have come in from across the country and Canada. He has raised more than $15,000 on his Go Fund Me page through Thursday afternoon.

He could get even more money for his campaign from Crown Hill and Leppert Mortuary through social media. For each Facebook like to their pages during August, they will donate 50 cents to Jacen's fund.

Crown Hill on Facebook

Leppert Mortuary on Facebook