Law enforcement officers are challenged daily in the performance of their duties; they face each encounter freely and unselfishly while answering the call to duty. In certain instances, their actions warrant special attention from their respective departments. The Bulletin also wants to recognize those situations that transcend the normal rigors of the law enforcement profession.
One morning, Officer Erika Urrea of the Lodi, California, Police Department encountered a wheelchair-bound man stuck on railroad tracks. She noticed that the railroad-crossing arms started to come down and that a train was approaching. Immediately, Officer Urrea exited her patrol vehicle and ran toward the male. As the train was reaching them, she pulled the man out of the wheelchair, and they both fell back onto the ground. The male suffered a leg injury, which Officer Chris Delgado, who had arrived to assist, and Officer Urrea immediately tended to. The 66-year-old man ultimately was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. Officer Urrea risked her own life and prevented a tragedy.
Nominations for the Bulletin Notes should be based on either the rescue of one or more citizens or an arrest(s) made at unusual risk to an officer’s safety. Submissions should include a short write-up, a separate photograph of each nominee, and a letter from the department’s ranking officer endorsing the nomination. Submissions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Editor, FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, FBI Academy, Quantico, VA 22135.