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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.

Officer Charles Ricco of the Fairfield, Connecticut, Police Department responded to a one-car accident in a residential neighborhood. Upon arrival at the scene, Officer Ricco determined that the vehicle had gone over a curb and struck a tree. The elderly female driver sustained injuries and was trapped in the car. Officer Ricco also noticed that the engine compartment was on fire and that the vehicle was filling with smoke. Quickly and without regard for his own safety, Officer Ricco forcefully opened the driver's side door and carried the woman to the safety of his patrol car, where they waited for medical help. Officer Ricco's selfless actions prevented the serious injury or death of the elderly driver.

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Officers from the Fresno, California, Police Department responded to a shooting incident in which the suspect was still on the scene. Upon arrival at the residence where the incident occurred, officers saw the shooter pointing a gun under his chin while sitting on a sofa in the small bedroom. The victim was lying motionless on the floor a few feet away from him. Officers attempted to negotiate, but the suspect, continuing to point the weapon at his head and mouth, refused to allow them to enter the bedroom to rescue the unconscious man. Officer Raymond Holquinn then made the decision to rescue the victim and facilitate medical treatment. He crawled into the room, just a few feet away from the armed suspect, calming him as he proceeded, grabbed the victim by the ankles, and pulled him out of the bedroom to safety, where the man received immediate medical treatment and transport to a local hospital. Officer Holquinn's brave actions saved the individual's life.

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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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