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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.

After a citizen advised him of a house fire, Officer Jerry Howe of the Newport, Oregon, Police Department immediately responded to the residence. Upon arrival, he began to check for victims inside. After determining that the front door would be an unsafe way to access the house, Officer Howe found a side door and entered. Despite heavy smoke, he located an individual on the floor and helped the semiconscious person outside. The quick actions of Officer Howe saved the victim's life.

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Officer Gerren Willis of the Gaston County, North Carolina, Police Department responded to a residence where a newly born baby boy was unresponsive. As the first responder, he went to a bedroom, where the mother had just given birth and the father had been unsuccessful in his attempts at CPR. Quickly, Officer Willis cleared the child's airway of an obstruction and revived him. Shortly thereafter, emergency medical personnel arrived and took over the care of the infant. Today, because of the actions of Officer Willis, the child is a healthy baby boy.

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Deputy Sergeant Chris Sims of the Moultrie County, Illinois, Sheriff's Office responded to a call of an elderly man who had fallen through the ice into a pond while trying to rescue his dog. Upon arrival, Officer Sims observed the individual holding onto the edge of the ice approximately 60 feet from the shore with only his head above the water. He also saw part of an extension ladder tied to a 100-foot extension cord laying on the ice. Having been in the water for over 20 minutes, the man stated that he could not hold on much longer. Quickly, Officer Sims tied the extension cord to a tree and, after three attempts, got the ladder close enough to the victim for him to hold on. Officer Sims pulled the person to safety. The quick, selfless actions by Deputy Sergeant Sims saved the man's life. The dog also was rescued.

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Title Annotation:unselfish attitudes of law enforcement officers
Publication:The FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 1, 2006
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