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, a vehicle sped toward a road closure that was in effect because of a race involving nearly 7,000 participants and hundreds of support staff. The driver failed to detour as directed; instead, she drove through numerous traffic cones and around other barricades. Multiple officers from the Florida Highway Patrol attempted to stop the vehicle, but the woman continued through a toll plaza and toward the bridge where the race was taking place.
Trooper Toni Schuck, positioned in her cruiser half a mile from the race, heard the call on the radio about the speeding vehicle. As the driver approached, she evaded another officer attempting to intercept her and then collided head-on with Trooper Schuck, who had steered into the woman’s path to stop her. The crash totaled both vehicles and caused serious injuries to both drivers, who were transported to an area hospital.
Later determined to be intoxicated with a blood alcohol level of over three times the legal limit, the driver was arrested for reckless driving, driving under the influence, and causing serious injury and property damage.
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.