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 night around 1:00 a.m., officers from the Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Police Department responded to a report of a fire in a house with a small boy inside. Officer Joshua Robertson was one of the first officers to arrive on the scene. The house was engulfed with heavy smoke, and several children and adults with visible injuries were outside. A woman on the front porch who could not stand up told officers that there was a baby just inside the house that she could not get out.
Without hesitation, Officer Robertson got on his hands and knees and crawled inside the home. He could not see anything, but he could hear a crying child. The officer followed the sound and located the boy just inside the front room. He quickly grabbed the child and pulled him out to the front porch, saving his life.
Officer Robertson and other officers moved the 6-year-old boy to a safer location, where they remained with him until emergency medical services arrived.
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 e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Editor, FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, FBI Academy, Quantico, VA 22135.