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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 from the Melbourne, Florida, Police Department responded to a call of a young child wandering alone on a 5-lane roadway, dangerously close to both automobile traffic and railroad tracks. Quickly, the officers wrapped him in a blanket and placed him in a warm police vehicle but could not determine where he lived. Officer Gary Markowski and police canine Arko arrived and backtracked the child's route for about one-half mile until they came to a residence where the door was standing open. Officer Markowski located a babysitter who was unaware that the child had left. Then, he safely returned the boy home. Officer Markowski demonstrated the utmost professionalism during this incident. Sadly, he since has passed away after a battle with cancer.

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One evening, when the area was experiencing severe flooding because of a recent hurricane, Detective Richard Byers of the Township of Shaler, Pennsylvania, Police Department was instrumental in the rescue of several residents. With the assistance of a local boat owner, Detective Byers evacuated two elderly women from the second floor of one house and three additional people from the upper levels of other homes in that vicinity. He then arrived at another residence where a man and his mother and father were trapped. The fast-moving water already was approximately 10 feet deep. During the rescue of the three individuals, the woman dropped from the roof to the boat and fell backwards into the turbulent water. Immediately, Detective Byers dove in and located her several feet under the surface, about to be swept away by the treacherous current. Despite injuries to his chest and shoulder, he grabbed the woman and held onto her until they were safely back in the boat. Detective Byers demonstrated bravery, selflessness, and professionalism through-out this crisis situation.

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Publication:The FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin
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Date:Apr 1, 2006
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