Woodbridge Police donate ballistic vests and medical supplies to Ukraine

Photo by Liz Hardaway

Constable Brian Pedalino, left, Yuriy Faryna, center, and Constable Joseph Kubik stand with body armor and medical supplies donated by the Woodbridge Police Department to help Ukraine.

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WOODBRIDGE — Members of the Woodbridge Police Department have donated numerous ballistic vests and medical supplies to Ukrainians as they continue to fight the Russian invasion, the police department said Friday.

Several weeks ago, Officer Joseph Kubik reached out to his Ukrainian friend and Woodbridge resident Yuriy Faryna about how to help the Ukrainian people.

Faryna, who was born in Ukraine and moved to the United States in 2001, has many family members and friends who still live in the now war-torn country. Faryna told Kubik that the Ukrainians urgently needed ballistic vests and medical supplies.

“The Woodbridge Police Department would like to show its support for the Ukrainian community,” the police department said Friday. “We hope our small gesture will encourage others to show their support for the Ukrainian people.”

Less than two weeks ago, several Connecticut police departments donated more than 200 previously worn ballistic vests and dozens of helmets to the Ukrainian American Coordinating Council, according to a previous report. Police in Hamden and New Haven have made similar donations in previous weeks.

Ukrainians still need additional equipment, in particular level 4 ballistic vests and helmets, police said. Any residents wishing to donate any of these items should contact Kubik at JKubik@WoodbridgePD.com or Officer Brian Pedalino at BPedalino@WoodbridgePD.com.

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