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.
Lieutenant Anthony Rudolph and Officers Dana Adams and Shane Haimes of the Memphis, Tennessee, Police Department’s Harbor Patrol received a distress call one night concerning six stranded boaters who were low on fuel and travelling in the wrong side of the Mississippi River channel. The boaters, inexperienced and in grave danger, were taking on 8-to-10 foot wakes that were causing their vessel to float uncontrollably in and out of commercial barging traffic. The Harbor Patrol officers made contact with the boaters after a 45-minute effort and advised them of maneuvers that would allow their vessel to stay afloat until they could be reached. Searching through the complete darkness of the river, the officers eventually discovered the six panic-stricken boaters and rescued them and their pontoon boat without incident.
Deputy Sheriff Benjamin Kirkpatrick of the Polk County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to assist fire rescue personnel on a medical call regarding a 10-month-old boy who was choking on an unknown object. Arriving first at the scene, Deputy Kirkpatrick discovered that the victim had stopped breathing, and he took immediate action by placing the boy over his knee to deliver back thrusts. After four or five thrusts, he saw a piece of food dislodge from the victim’s mouth. The child then began to cry and resumed breathing on his own. Deputy Kirkpatrick continued to hold and comfort him as paramedics arrived and transported the child to the hospital to confirm he was out of danger.
Deputy Sheriff Kirkpatrick
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.