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.
On Mother’s Day, Officer Anthony Giorgio of the Pensacola, Florida, Police Department was off duty at a beach in the Gulf Islands National Seashore with his family. As he was leaving, he heard screams and turned to see three children and an adult caught in a rip current in the choppy Gulf waters.
Officer Giorgio immediately acted and sprinted into the water. Over the next few minutes, he made three 50-yard-long swims into and out of the rough surf. Along with help from bystanders, Officer Giorgio was able to bring all the near-drowning victims safely back to shore.
Due to Officer Giorgio’s selflessness, physical ability, and knowledge of water conditions, four lives were saved.
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.