Law enforcement officers are challenged daily in the performance of their duties; they face each challenge 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.
Sergeant Elijah McGee of the Rock Hill, Missouri, Police Department responded to a major traffic accident. Upon his arrival, Sergeant McGee saw that a vehicle had struck and become entangled with a utility pole; the driver was trapped inside. While Sergeant McGee was trying to free the victim, the vehicle burst into flames and became totally engulfed. Disregarding his own safety, Sergeant McGee obtained fire extinguishers from a local business and fought the fires, keeping them away from the driver until fire personnel arrived.
Officer Heather Stricklin of the Brighton, Colorado, Police Department responded to an accident where the driver was trapped in a burning vehicle. Immediately, Officer Stricklin tried to put out the flames—unsuccessfully—with the extinguisher from her patrol car. As fire and emergency personnel arrived, she used a blanket and tarp in conjunction with her own body to shield the victim from the flames. Officer Stricklin remained to comfort and calm the driver during the 20-minute extrication of the victim by fire personnel. During the ordeal, Officer Stricklin’s uniform became singed, and she required treatment for exposure to flames, smoke, and toxic chemicals.
Nominations for the Bulletin Notes should be based on either the rescue of one or more citizens or arrest(s) made at unusual risk to an officer’s safety. Submissions should include a short write-up (maximum of 250 words), a separate photograph of each nominee, and a letter from the department’s ranking officer endorsing the nomination. Submissions should be sent to the Editor, FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, FBI Academy, Quantico, VA 22135.