Reed Composites donates body armor to police

The Grays Harbor Port’s newest tenant, Reed Composite Solutions, will donate body armor it produces to local law enforcement agencies as part of the company’s grand opening celebration today.

The start-up company, which develops new products and applications for composite materials production, operates from the Port’s Research and Development Building. It started moving into the facility in July.

As part of a ribbon-cutting and donation ceremony, Reed and partner company Victory Tactical Gear will present 10 sets of tactical body armor to the Aberdeen Police Department and its SWAT team of officers from Aberdeen, Hoquiam and Montesano.

The donation is being made in honor of Hoquiam Police Officer Donald Burke, who was shot to death in April 1980 while stopping a vehicle he had observed speeding only moments before.