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.
Patrol Corporal Michael C. Roane of the Augusta County, Virginia, Sheriff’s Office received a call for service at a private residence. A 911 caller had reported that she had found her mother and 17-year-old brother unconscious in their home. Within four minutes of receiving the call, Corporal Roane arrived at the scene, entered the house, and immediately noticed a strong odor emanating from the residence. He quickly located the mother and her son crumpled in a bed and suspected they had fallen unconscious due to fume inhalation. Corporal Roane carried both victims outside to safety where they later were revived. Investigation revealed that a grill near the back of the home had emitted carbon monoxide fumes, raising the CO level of the home to deadly levels.
On one cold February morning, Deputies Tim Harris, Shane Linehan, and Matt Wieland of the Washington County, Minnesota, Police Department heard a man call for help. The officers headed to a river where they found an individual who had broken through the ice as he attempted to drive across the frozen water. Given the 9°F air temperature and frigid water, the man would perish unless removed from the water immediately. As the ice continued to break beneath the officers, they lay on their stomachs and formed a human chain to pull the victim out of the water. The deputies navigated through the dangerous, cracking ice to pull the man to the shore, where rescue personnel transported him to a local hospital.
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 can be mailed to the Editor, FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, FBI Academy, Quantico, VA 22135 or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.