Law enforcement officers are challenged daily while answering the call of duty; they face each encounter freely and unselfishly. 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 profession.
During early morning hours, Troopers Daniel Slattery and Christopher Black of the Nevada Highway Patrol encountered a single-vehicle accident. The car had struck the crash-impact attenuator, overturned, and burst into flames.
The troopers immediately reached the injured driver, lying amongst scattered debris only a couple of feet from the burning wreckage. He had suffered an injury to his leg and could not walk on his own. As the troopers began helping him away from the flame-engulfed vehicle, ammunition located inside began to explode in rapid succession, striking Trooper Black with shrapnel. Thankfully, he suffered no injuries. They moved the injured man to a safer location and stayed with him until medical personnel arrived and transported him to a local hospital.
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 e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Editor, FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, FBI Academy, Quantico, VA 22135.