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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 their exemplary service to the law enforcement profession.

While on patrol, Officer David Parker of the Glouster, Ohio, Police Department responded to a call regarding a tractor trailer that was blocking a railroad crossing. After arriving at the scene, Officer Parker heard the train whistle to notify that it was approaching the crossing. Then, he saw that the driver was still in the cab of the truck. Officer Parker ran to the truck and pulled the driver from the cab as the train approached the crossing. After pulling the driver out, Officer Parker and the driver ran in separate directions. Seconds later, the train cut the tractor trailer in half. Officer Parker displayed great courage and saved the life of the driver.

Lieutenant Jo-Ann Putnam of the Wells, Maine, Police Department responded with other officers to a call involving the threatened suicide of a young man armed with a loaded rifle. Compounding the situation, the subject's mother and father, one of whom was handicapped, were both present, increasing the possibility of potential hostages. Lieutenant Putnam made telephonic contact with the subject, persuaded him to consider other options, and met with him near his residence. During this meeting, police evacuated the two family members from the residence, and a SWAT team was able to get into position. After approximately 50 tense minutes, Lieutenant Putnam persuaded the subject to put down the rifle and to seek counseling. The brave actions of Lieutenant Putnam saved the life of the young man threatening suicide and thwarted any possible danger to his parents.

Officer John P. Butler of the Martinez, California, Police Department was dispatched to an apartment fire. Upon his arrival, neighbors advised him that a person was calling for help inside the involved apartment. Officer Butler entered the smoke-filled apartment and heard someone calling for help from behind a closed bedroom door that was locked. He forced the door open and dragged the victim, who was overcome with smoke and had collapsed in front of the door, out of the room, which was partially engulfed in flames and filled with smoke. The heat from the fire was so intense that Officer Butler's hair, eyebrows, and mustache were singed. He was treated for smoke inhalation and minor bums. The victim was treated for more serious bums and smoke inhalation, but survived the incident. Officer Butler's quick, courageous acts saved the victim's life.
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Title Annotation:police heroism
Publication:The FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2002
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