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.
One evening, the Oneonta, Alabama, Fire and Rescue Service was dispatched to an apartment fire. Prior to its arrival, Officers Matthew Suddeth and Cory Glasscock of the Oneonta Police Department were on scene. Officer Suddeth arrived first and observed that an apartment complex, occupied by elderly persons, was fully engulfed in flames already penetrating through the roof of the building.
Without hesitation, Officer Suddeth, followed by Officer Glasscock, ran toward the complex. Two elderly female residents were unaware of the heavy smoke and flames in their apartments. The officers broke out exterior windows and helped the occupants to safety. Officer Suddeth extracted one of the women through a window because her doorway was on fire. Both officers provided notification on and rescue from what might have resulted in death or injury if not for their valiant efforts.
Officer Matthew Suddeth
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.