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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.

Officers Randolph McGoldrick and Andrew Timlin of the Brookhaven, Pennsylvania, Police Department entered a residence to serve mental health commitment papers to one of the tenants. They observed the male resident descend the stairwell while carrying a container of liquid gas. The officers told him to put the fuel down. Instead, the man ignited the gas with a lighter and threw it at them. The container landed on a sofa and started a fire, which spread quickly. The officers began fleeing the residence but, noticing the tenant did not follow them, returned to forcibly subdue and remove him from the blaze. After taking the resident to safety, Officer McGoldrick reentered to save the only others present in the home--a dog and a cat. Subsequently, the man was sent to a crisis center and eventually was tried for his crimes. These two officers displayed professionalism and courage while saving a person who tried to harm them.

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One afternoon, Officers Karl Ebbighausen and Douglas Roberts of the Hartford, Vermont, Police Department responded to a report of a possible suicide at a bridge spanning a deep gorge. Upon arrival, Officers Ebbighausen and Roberts observed a female on the bridge's sidewalk. When she noticed the two officers, the woman jumped over the railing, stood on the outside edge, and threatened to jump if they came any closer. Officer Ebbighausen began speaking with her, attempting to convince her to come back to the sidewalk. After approximately 10 minutes, the woman became completely unresponsive. Then, the two officers drew closer, and Officer Ebbighausen lunged and grabbed her just as she let go. He was able to keep her pinned to the railing until Officer Roberts helped him pull her to safety. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The quick, responsive actions of these two officers saved this woman from certain death.

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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 201, Quantico, VA 22135.
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Date:Sep 1, 2005
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