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 Roland Rendon of the Fresno, California, Police Department was handling traffic enforcement duties when he heard a radio call about a small child who possibly was choking. Officer Rendon was in the vicinity of the child’s address and responded to assist. Upon arriving the officer found the boy unconscious in his parents’ arms. His lips were turning blue. Determining the child indeed was choking, Officer Rendon immediately performed a series of back blows, chest thrusts, and finger sweeps, eventually dislodging a piece of candy from the boy’s throat that was blocking his airway. The child started breathing on his own shortly afterward and subsequently was checked by EMS personnel at the scene. He was released a short time later to his parents with no lasting effects.
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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 email@example.com or mailed to Editor, FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, FBI Academy, Quantico, VA 22135.