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.
Trooper William Kirkman of the Wyoming Highway Patrol responded to a call concerning an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) that had crashed into a creek, leaving two young children pinned underneath. Arriving at the scene, Trooper Kirkman encountered the children’s distraught mother and could hear their screams coming from the overturned vehicle. He located the children under the ATV in several feet of water with just their faces visible. They had been in the cold water for over 30 minutes and barely could keep their heads above the surface. Through an extensive effort, Trooper Kirkman and the mother leveraged enough of the ATV off the children to free them. The children then were transported to a local hospital where they received treatment for their injuries.
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 e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Editor, FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, FBI Academy, Quantico, VA 22135.