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The Bulletin notes.

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.

Sergeant Jay Murphy and other officers of the Beatrice, Nebraska, Police Department responded to a call of a suicide attempt. Upon his arrival, Sergeant Murphy observed a man with a gasoline can in one hand and a cigarette lighter in the other in the front yard of a residence. Sergeant Murphy determined that a domestic dispute had occurred, after which the man covered his body in gasoline and planned to ignite himself upon the arrival of police. Without regard for his own safety, Sergeant Murphy, using two other officers as a distraction, got behind the subject, grabbed him, and wrestled him to the ground, preventing the ignition of the gasoline. Sergeant Murphy's quick thinking and professional actions prevented the serious injury or death of the individual.

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After noticing a woman straddling a wall on the third level of a parking garage and determining that she planned to jump, Officer Anne-Marie Moccio of the Vanderbilt University Police Department in Nashville, Tennessee, engaged her in conversation as Officer Ryan Burke arrived on the scene. The subject became increasingly agitated and caused herself to fall. Officer Moccio jumped forward, grabbed the woman's left leg, and pinned it against the wall. Officer Burke reached over the ledge and, despite the subject's physical resistance, pulled her back to safety. The woman continued to fight with the officers as they secured and handcuffed her. Suffering from a chronic illness and under the influence of mind-altering pain medication, the subject received immediate transport to an emergency room. The brave actions of Officers Moccio and Burke saved this woman's life.

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Date:Sep 1, 2004
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