Results for - Why Police Officers Are The Silent Heroes Of America
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1. Police officers don't choose what happens in the world, they simply defend us from it. 140. That's how many police officers lost their lives in 2016. 140 fathers, brothers, mothers, sisters, sons, daughters, husbands and wives who will never return to their families. 140 families who will forever be changed by their loss. Across America, our only defense against the robbers, gunmen and criminals is our law enforcement. Please choose from the following scenarios that might lead to unsavory outcomes between officer(s) and who they are dealing with:
People who don't slow down and move over when they see a cop that has pulled someone over on the side of the road.
People who argue when an officer is asking them a simple yes or no question.
People who complain about getting pulled over when they know they were doing something wrong in the first place.
Other (please specify)
People who don't follow simple directives given from law enforcement (hands up, get on the ground, step out of your car, etc)
2. From the Odyssey: "Police officers are a special group of people. They were given a calling to serve and protect, it's really not a choice. I don't know a single officer who would be happy working a job where they sit behind a desk and file papers all day long. Police officers are the thin blue line between chaos and calm. Personally, I depend on police officers. I know that if any danger were to present itself to me, police officers will be there as soon as they possibly could to protect me." Do you agree with this paragraph?
More or less, but not 100%
3. Here are 10 heroic police events, choose the ones that you heard of (as rarely are the good stories ever broadcast, rather it's only something controversial):
JANUARY 20, 2017 – SPOKANE, WASHINGTON -- After Kim Novak's car hit a bump in the road, the vehicle suffered a total mechanical meltdown and began to burn. As the fire crept mercilessly toward her, she was unable to open any doors or windows. She crawled into the back seat to avoid the flames, but just as it seemed all hope was lost, Officer Tim Schwering of the Spokane Police Department in Washington appeared, baton in hand. Kim said later in an interview with the media, "He was swinging on that thing like Ken Griffey Jr. in the home run derby and beating with all his might. God bless him. He didn't give up." Officer Schwering smashed the window and pulled the woman out of the inferno at the last possible moment.
APRIL 26, 2017 – COUNTY DERRY, IRELAND -- In April, Officers Matt Gilhooley and Matt Thomas of the New York Port Authority Police were on vacation enjoying a pint in a pub in County Kerry, Ireland, when a man had a sudden cardiac arrest and fell to the floor. The officers immediately started CPR and were able to locate the pub's defibrillator, and shock the man back to life. There is a man in County Kerry, Ireland, this Christmas who has a tall tale of two cops from New York traveling 3000 miles just to share a pint with him and save his life. But that's no blarney.
MAY 1, 2017 – TOPEKA, KANSAS -- In Topeka, Kansas, Officer Aaron Bulmer spotted a small child alone in a park, next to a pond. He was on his way to a robbery alarm, but felt compelled to circle the park and check the welfare of this child. When Bulmer reached the location, the little boy was in the water, drowning. Bulmer dived into the pond in full gear and reached the small child as he was going under and pulled him out. The child was Elijah Hamby, a three-year-old autistic boy who had been watching his favorite television show sipping on chocolate milk when his father had to use the bathroom. It was during these few minutes Elijah up and left the house on a walk-about. Thanks to Officer Bulmer's timing and triage, Elijah will experience the wonders of Christmas this year.
JUNE 14, 2017 – ALEXANDRIA, VA -- A gunman opened fire on the Republican Congressional baseball team as they practiced on a baseball diamond in Alexandria. Capitol Police Officers David Bailey and Chrystal Griner instantly engaged the shooter and, although they were both wounded, they prevented unimaginable carnage with their well-placed rounds.
AUGUST 29, 2017 – ENUMCLAW, WASHINGTON -- In Enumclaw, Washington, a battered wife fled her home with her children. As responding King County deputies began giving aid to the female, one officer heard a noise in the darkness and put on his night vision. He spotted the suspect, who was using the cloak of night to take aim at the female and the officers with a rifle. The officer with night vision ordered the man to drop his rifle, but when he failed to do so, the officers fired, preventing a tragedy.
AUGUST 13, 2017 – LA CROSSE, WISCONSIN -- A father was shore fishing while a mother was enjoying the view from the front seat of her car parked along the Mississippi with their three year old and one year old. Suddenly a career miscreant shoved a gun in the mother's face and stole her car, kidnapping her one year old. La Crosse police officers spotted the suspect almost immediately and gave chase. The fleeing felon smashed through some road construction barriers, went airborne and crashed. Officer Stephen Hughes and Officer Andrew Adey repeatedly shouted for the driver to surrender and drop his pistol. The kidnapper refused, and both officers fired. After what must have been a harrowing few moments for these young officers, Adey and Hughes had the profound satisfaction of placing the uninjured one-year-old child back into the loving arms of the parents.
SEPTEMBER 17, 2017 – TRENTON, NEW JERSEY -- In September, Officer Franky Jimenez of the Trenton Police Department in New Jersey was checking an apartment on the eighth floor of an apartment complex for a distraught man and found him outside dangling by one hand from a window sill. He rushed to the assistance of a man who told Franky, "I don't want to die!" Franky, clearly endangering himself, was able to pull the man up and back into the room. In doing so he saved this man, who was having second thoughts on the eighth floor.
OCTOBER 9, 2017 – SONOMA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA -- Sonoma County deputies rescued numerous civilians as a raging wild fire consumed thousands of homes, requiring mandatory evacuations. Sergeant Brandon Cutting's body camera showed the hazardous conditions those deputies were working under, as he rescued a disabled woman and her husband on that terrible night when so many were saved by so few.
OCTOBER 31, 2017 – NEW YORK CITY -- An immigrant who swore allegiance to ISIS drove a rental truck 22 blocks down a bike path intentionally running down innocent people. He paused only after he T-boned a school bus. The man fled on foot, intent on killing more people, but he was stopped by a bullet fired by Officer Ryan Nash, who proved to be one of New York's finest.
NOVEMBER 15, 2017 – TEHAMA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA -- In November, a man killed his wife and neighbor then went on a killing spree in Ranch Tehama Reserve, shooting randomly at people and attacking a school. Police officers located the suspect, engaged him in a pursuit, rammed his vehicle and stopped him permanently in a gun fight. This determined and courageous response by these officers (as of yet unnamed) clearly saved lives.
4. Have most of your personal police encounters been (do not count marriages, relationships, or the like):
Have never had an encounter with law enforcement
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