Monday, August 19, 2013

Rescuing people and pets: It's all part of the job

Everyone knows firefighters are in it to rescue folks and put out flames, but few seem to remember that law enforcement officers are also there to protect and provide rescue services.

Lately, there's been quite a bit of police rescue activity. Like the police officer in Pennsylvania who lugged an injured German Shepherd to safety after it fried off its own footpads fleeing from an auto accident. The officer is a self-described animal love who may become the township's first K9 officer in coming months.

In Pennsylvania, officers waded in flood waters waist deep to rescue stranded motorists due to a storm on Tuesday, August 18.The same day, officers in Indiana rescued a woman trapped in her truck after it went down an 50-foot embankment and landed, upside down, in a waterway. And the week prior, police officers rescued a woman and her child after they were trapped atop their car roof by flood waters. In Flint, Michigan, it was police who recovered a fisherman who had fallen into the Flint River and could not crawl back out.

Animal lovers have appreciated the story in Kentucky of a police officer who rescued an injured and starving young dog. Vets confirmed the dog had been shot at least twice, perhaps hit by a car, and was clearly malnourished.

On August 12, police and fire personnel worked together to rescue a stranded sailor off Kill Van Kull, New Jersey shore.

This week, a community and family thanked rescuers spurred into action June 28. Near Aurora, Illinois, off-duty police officers were enjoying a day kayaking on the river when the spotted five heads popping up from a raft trapped on a dam. The officers, prepared for emergencies even in their off-duty hours, rescued the youngsters.

In Billings, Montana, police responding to a residential disturbance found a woman bound and gagged with duct tape. The officers rescued the woman and arrested the man alleged to have kidnapped the woman who told police she thought she would have died had they not rescued her.

What good news is coming from your law enforcement agency?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Good Cops, bad media

I had hoped this blog would pay for itself, but my advertising tool of choice has chosen to ban this blog, my ip address, and me from using their services - FOR LIFE! I can't even begin to fathom what might be so offensive about this or any of my blogs. They won't elaborate on their decision. So...I'll post when I can, and said web service has fallen from its pedestal.

Still, there's good news to be shared. What's yours?

There's been a lot of saving going on lately:

On June 12, police offers may have saved the baby to whom they administered CPR after his dad found him unconscious and lifeless in his crib.

Officers rescued a 2-year-old child from a knife-wielding suspect who had allegedly abducted her from a shopping cart on June 17. While the incident and outcome were tragic, what would have happened had no law enforcement been available?

In Atlanta, an officer and a bystander saved a 50-year-old man from an oncoming train.

In Toms River, NJ, state police officers rescued 7 from an overturned boat on July 4.

Also in July, police listened to citizens' cries for help to rescue a duckling that had fallen into a Sarasota, FL storm drain.

In Wisconsin, police officers rescued a woman from a burning home on July 2.

Police even took the time out of their busy schedules to rescue a small dog which had become entangled in fishing line and appeared to be drowing.

In Rock Hill, S.C., officers rescued seven people from a burning building.

In mid-June, an officer in Kill Devil Hills, N.C. resuscitated a construction worker in cardiac and respiratory arrest.

Even while on vacation, officers are thinking of others' safety. While in Hawaii with his family, an Arizona police officer and former lifeguard rescued a drowning woman.

And the beat goes on...