Law enforcement officers are challenged daily in the performance of their duties; they face each encounter 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.
While responding to another call, Officer Aaron Bulmer of the Topeka, Kansas, Police Department saw a 4-year-old boy walking toward a pond and then lost sight of him. Upon exiting his vehicle, Officer Bulmer saw the child in the water, gasping for air. Immediately, the officer jumped into the pond and pulled the boy to safety. Medical services responded and transported the child to a local hospital for evaluation. The boy also was reunited with a parent who had been searching for him. Later, it was discovered that the child had been diagnosed with autism; many times, youngsters with autism are drawn to water, as displayed in this case. Fortunately, Officer Bulmer was in the right place at the right time to save a young life. The child since has fully recovered.
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.