BOE Accepts School Safety Donation

BOE Accepts School Safety Donation
Posted on 07/12/2022
Newark, MD, July 12, 2022– In an effort to continue to improve and enhance existing safety protocols, the Worcester County Board of Education accepted an in-kind donation of emergency response shields from Hardwire, LLC.

At its July 12, meeting, the Worcester County Board of Education accepted a donation from Pocomoke City-based company Hardwire, LLC to fully outfit every school in Worcester County with the latest generation of its Emergency Response Shields. 

In 2018, Hardwire had previously donated two Emergency Response Shields to each school as well as the Worcester County Board of Education Office, and outfitted Pocomoke High School with 30 shields as part of a whole-school pilot program. 

“We remain incredibly grateful for the generosity support shown by our local business community, and Hardwire, LLC, is no exception. George and Emily Tunis have been an instrumental partner to WCPS in this critical area for schools,” Superintendent of Schools Lou Taylor said. “It’s clear that learning cannot happen if students don’t feel safe within their learning environment. The shields donated by Hardwire provide us with another tool in our multi-faceted approach to safety and security in our schools.”

The Emergency Response Shields, manufactured locally by Hardwire, LLC, meet the Level III ballistic protection standards of the National Institute of Justice, meaning they are built to withstand ammunition from assault rifles, handguns and shotguns. 

Each school will receive an appropriate number of shields to be installed strategically throughout each building alongside other life-saving tools such as fire extinguishers. This placement, according to Hardwire, is designed so the shields are easily accessible throughout each building for use by able-bodied individuals inside the school as well as by first responders arriving on site in a crisis.  This deployment mimics fire code where fire extinguishers are already evenly distributed in case of a fire; in this case, Emergency Response Shields are distributed in the case of gunfire.  
In conjunction with the installation of the shields, Hardwire will continue to provide a comprehensive training program for administration, teachers and staff which will be implemented and maintained in partnership with the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office. 

“Events like Uvalde are family and community-shattering.  The safety of students and teachers in our local community is extremely important to us,” said George Tunis, CEO of Hardwire.  “Hardwire is proud to take a proactive role in providing security and peace of mind to Worcester County and the Lower Shore, and we applaud Worcester County for its leadership in ensuring tools are available to staff and students to deter and protect against active shooters.”  
Hardwire has also offered the same donation to Wicomico and Somerset Counties, totaling a donation of $480,000 to cover all public schools on the Lower Shore.  

Worcester County Public Schools is a high-achieving, rural public school system on the eastern shore of Maryland. The school system serves approximately 6,700 students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade at 12 community-based schools, with two schools serving the entire county: Worcester Technical High School and Cedar Chapel Special School. For more information, please visit

Hardwire, LLC is a leading developer and supplier of advanced armor systems for military, law enforcement, homeland security, and public facility applications. The company has armored police vehicles for large cities and municipalities, covered miles of the nation’s critical bridges with armor, outfitted countless police officers with life-saving protection, and supplies the U.S. military with hard and soft body armor.  Hardwire is located in Pocomoke City, Maryland.  For more information, visit: 

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Carrie N. Sterrs at 410.632.5092 or email at [email protected] . For more detailed information on the emergency response shields or other products from Hardwire, LLC, please contact Emily Tunis at 410.957.3669 or email at [email protected]

Board of Education accepts donation from owners of Hardwire LLC
From Left: Board of Education member Donald Smack, Emily Tunis of Hardwire, Board of Education member Bill Gordy, George Tunis of Hardwire, Board of Education member Nate Passwaters, Board of Education Vice President Todd Ferrante, Student Board of Education Representative Ja'Naz Crawley, Superintendent of School Lou Taylor, Student Board of Education Representative Aryavir Sangwan, Board of Education Member Bill Buchanan, Student Board of Education Alternate Piper Gooding, Board of Education member Jon Andes