Kevlar® Dare Bigger™ Moments: Officer Daniel Kowalski

Kevlar® Dare Bigger™ Moments

“I should be six feet under and not writing this story. My life was saved by Kevlar® and am a huge fan of the product. I know there are many save stories with Kevlar®, but mine was in the shape of a Kevlar® helmet.

If I had not worn the helmet that was made with Kevlar® I would have had two 9mm rounds in the right side of my head just above my right ear. I was part of the Cincinnati Police Department SWAT team on December 6th, 2009, and was making entry into an apartment for a homicide suspect. The suspect fired two shots from a 9 mm handgun and those two rounds struck my helmet. The two rounds were stopped by the Kevlar®helmet, and no other injuries were sustained.

When I walked into the emergency room, the doctors and nurses were surprised because they were told an officer was shot in the head. Imagine their surprise when the officer walked in because of the Kevlar® in his helmet.

So, thank you DuPont and DuPont™ Kevlar® for making this product. I am around today to watch my four daughters grow up and live life."

Daniel Kowalski's Helmet

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Like the thousands of brave law enforcement officers who wear products made with Kevlar®, DuPont is committed to making materials that help protect and save lives. Whether stopping a bullet, or protecting against stabs and hand-made weapons, the science behind DuPont™ Kevlar® helps police officers come home safely. Because the people who protect us all place the safety of others before themselves, DuPont strives to find solutions to help protect them — even in the most challenging situations. 

The Dare Bigger™ brand platform represents inspiration for anyone who relies on the safety and performance of Kevlar®. The science behind this advanced material, coupled with its strength and durability, allows us to push boundaries, defy limits and challenge the conventional. From athletes to astronauts, law enforcement, military, first responders and industrial workers, Kevlar® enables anyone with an imagination and a job to do to Dare Bigger™.

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