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A Life-Saving Product for Those Who Save Lives

Last week was the annual FDIC Firefighter Training Conference held in Indianapolis and National Police Week 2012 begins with its annual candlelight vigil on May 13th. This is an opportune time to thank all the people who serve our country as firefighters and law enforcement personnel. In appreciation of their service, we also wanted to explore one of the products which has been instrumental in saving not only the lives of many service people but also of our local firefighters and police officers.

Companies constantly strive to find products that make the work of our military, police, and firefighters safer. One of the most famous products was discovered by a woman over 40 years ago. Kevlar Stephanie Kwolek's research with high performance chemical compounds for the DuPont Company led to the development of a synthetic material called Kevlar which is five times stronger than the same weight of steel. Kevlar, patented by Kwolek in 1966, does not rust nor corrode and is extremely lightweight. Kevlar is a manmade organic fiber, with a combination of properties allowing for high strength with low weight, high chemical resistance, and high cut resistance. Kevlar is also flame resistant; does not melt or soften, and the fiber is unaffected by immersion in water. (For more info on Kwolek and Kevlar see the website police officers and firefighters owe their lives to Stephanie Kwolek.

The DuPont website has full descriptions of innovative products that service the needs of different users whether one is looking for protection from combat hazards like explosive fragmentation or a police officer who needs not only a high level of protection but also a high degree of flexibility. Ironically, the fabric was originally intended to replace steel belting in vehicle tires. It is amazing to see a compound that is used in everything from bows for string instruments, fiber optic cables, and smart phones to light weight flame resistant clothing.Firefighter

As a tribute to our police officers and fire fighters, DuPont maintains a catalog of survivors' stories that tell how Kevlar saved their lives. Although it is a company website, it still helps us remember how many people serve our communities and the ways they might have been seriously wounded without Kevlar. (


May is the month as the 2012 National High School Drill Team Championships take place at the Ocean Center Arena in beautiful Daytona Beach, Florida and Glendale Parade Store will be there. We look forward to this event every year, and this year we have a surprise. Glendale will be unveiling a new exclusive item for drillers at the competition. Can you guess what it is? If you are going to be in Daytona Beach come on by our booth, say hello, and see for yourself. Otherwise, stay tuned.

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