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.
Officer Jeremy Mackey of the Memphis, Tennessee, Police Department was on routine patrol when he observed an apartment complex engulfed in flames. After arriving on the scene, he immediately entered the building and began evacuating its residents. While on the second floor, he located a man who was overcome with smoke inhalation and suffering from second and third-degree burns. Officer Mackey brought the individual to safety and was told that more victims were inside the residence. Officer Russell Cathey, who had also arrived at the scene, received this information and rushed into the apartment. He found a woman suffering from smoke inhalation and rescued her from the worsening flames. Both victims were transported to the hospital for assistance. Thanks to the quick response of Officers Mackey and Cathey, all the apartment’s residents survived the fire.
Officer Joshua Bartholomew of the Streetsboro, Ohio, Police Department responded to an emergency call from a pregnant woman who was close to giving birth. The woman was driving her car at the time of the call, and was directed by the emergency dispatcher to pull off the road to a safe location. Officer Bartholomew arrived at the car ahead of responding EMS units and discovered that the baby already was partially delivered. As he assisted the woman with the delivery, he observed that the baby was not breathing. Noting the umbilical cord wrapped tightly around the baby’s neck, Officer Bartholomew removed the cord and restored breathing to the child. Mother and baby were then transported to the hospital by EMS units, and later were reported to be doing fine.
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 email@example.com.