Edwardsville police sergeant recognized by body armor firm after stabbing incident
An Edwardsville police sergeant was recently honored for his acts in a September incident in which he was stabbed.
At Edwardsville's Oct. 27 city council meeting, Sgt. Michael Kelling received a recognition from the Safariland Group, which is the company that produces body armor for the brand Second Chance. In September, Kelling was attacked by a subject and was stabbed in the chest while on duty and suffered cuts to his neck and head during that struggle. Because Kelling was wearing his body armor, he survived.
The Second Chance body armor stopped the blade of the knife from entering Kelling's chest, quite possibly saving his life. The suspect was placed under arrest and Kelling was treated for injuries to his neck and a laceration to his head, which required six staples to close.
When Safariland is notified that one of their products was instrumental in saving the life of a police officer, they briefly shut down the operations in all their facilities at the same time and read a summary of the incident and the outcome. Kelling was the 1,900th person saved by Safariland’s products.