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, Officer David Weber of the Warren, Ohio, Police Department responded to a car crash involving a vehicle that went off the road, struck landscaping, and caught fire.
Upon Officer Weber’s arrival, the car’s cabin was filled with smoke, and the doors were locked. The driver of the vehicle was having a medical emergency and was conscious, but unresponsive.
Using his baton, Officer Weber broke out a rear window of the car. As he opened the door, he saw flames coming from under the rear seats of the vehicle. He jumped away from the car and fell onto the ground as the flames flashed around him. Officer Weber returned to his feet, cut the driver’s seatbelt, and safely removed the driver from the vehicle.
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.