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 evening, officers from the Charleston and North Charleston, South Carolina, Police Departments were dispatched to a man’s location after he called family members to tell them he was going to jump from a bridge.
Officer Kyle Skeels of the Charleston Police Department arrived first and located the individual at the top of the bridge looking over the side. He tried to talk to the man but was told to stay back. Agreeing to keep his distance, Officer Skeels again tried to console the subject from afar. A few seconds later, the man began to climb over the railing in an apparent attempt to jump. The officer ran toward him and pulled him back over the railing to safety.
Without Officer Skeels’ swift action, this situation may have had a very different outcome.
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.