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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.

Early one morning, Sergeant Eric Pon of the Wilmer, Texas, Police Department awoke to discover a fire in his apartment and several others. Sergeant Pon immediately gathered his young daughter and enough clothing for the two of them to exit the building. He then secured his child outside with a friend and, without regard for his own possessions, began alerting the other residents of the raging fire and assisting them to safety. In all, 40 units were destroyed by the fire, and all of Sergeant Pon's personal property was lost. His heroic and selfless actions resulted in many saved lives.

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On Christmas Eve, Officer Maurice Scioletti of the Stratford, Connecticut, Police Department was at home, off duty and preparing for the holidays. While exiting his house, Officer Scioletti observed smoke bellowing from the cellar windows of the home of two recluse, elderly sisters. Without concern for his own safety, Officer Scioletti entered the building; flames now were clearly visible in the windows and were breaking through the siding. Facing intense heat and heavy smoke, he located one sister, dazed and confused from the smoke, and brought her outside to safety. Officer Scioletti then reentered the house, despite the steadily worsening conditions, and located the second sister, who was searching for her shoes at the top of the stairs. After strongly urging the second woman to leave with him and providing her with his own shoes, Officer Scioletti rescued her as well. Due to his quick thinking and selfless, heroic actions, the two sisters sustained only minor injuries.

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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 should be sent to the Editor, FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, FBI Academy, Madison Building, Room 209, Quantico, VA 22135.
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Date:Jun 1, 2004
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