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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.

Upon responding to a home, Officer Paul Montoya of the Longview, Texas, Police Department observed a carport on fire and the female resident lying face down, engulfed in flames. Immediately, he began trying to save the victim, as well as the house. He retrieved the fire extinguisher from his patrol vehicle and used it to put out the flames on the woman, but the gasoline-fueled fire continued to burn. After the extinguisher was empty, Officer Montoya began opening bags of potting soil to throw onto the flames. Once he contained the fire, he continued putting water and soil on the woman to smother the smoldering fuel. The victim ultimately survived.

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One evening, a young woman fell into a large sinkhole filled with debris-laden water that was gushing and churning violently from a water main break. She screamed for help and then disappeared under the surface. Fortunately, Officers Zane Hamrick and Justin Winter of the Honolulu, Hawaii, Police Department were in the immediate vicinity. Quickly, Officer Hamrick jumped into the sinkhole, where he was completely submerged and unable to touch the bottom. After locating the female, he brought her to the surface. Officer Winter then helped remove both the woman and Officer Hamrick from the dangerous waters.

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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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