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The Bulletin Notes

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.

Deputy Sturgill
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Deputy Sturgill
Deputy Vieth

Senior Police Officers Harrison Daniel and James Moss of the Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, Department of Police Services responded ton accident in which a vehicle struck a tree and caught fire with two occupa ants trapped inside. The passenger did not survive. Quickly, the officers began working to free the driver, who was trapped with his legs on fire. As Officers Daniel and Moss worked furiously to free him, the driver said, "It's my time to go." However, the officers insisted that they would not give up. They calmed the victim as they continued to fight the fire and stop it from spreading, sustaining injuries in the process, even as it showed signs of exploding. Eventually, the fire department arrived and helped extinguish the fire and release the driver.

Officer Daniel
Officer Moss
Officer Daniel
Officer Moss

Officer Ben Kelly of the Seattle, Washington, Police Department was investigating an unoccupied stolen vehicle parked with its hood up and engine running. He looked in his side mirror and saw a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt that covered his head approaching the rear of the patrol car. Officer Kelly exited his vehicle and immediately recognized the man as the suspect wanted for ambushing and killing four Lakewood, Washington, Police Department officers just 3 days earlier. The man had both hands in his sweatshirt pockets and then began to pull out a pistol while approaching Officer Kelly. The suspect ignored repeated verbal commands to show his hands and continued to move in a threatening manner. Officer Kelly, recognizing the grave danger he was in, fired his service weapon and killed the suspect, ending the confrontation. It was later determined that the individual's pistol belonged to one of the murdered officers.

Nominations for the Bulletin Notes should be based on either the rescue of one or more citizens or arrest(s) made at unusual risk to an officer’s safety. Submissions should include a short write-up (maximum of 250 words), a separate photograph of each nominee, and a letter from the department’s ranking officer endorsing the nomination. Submissions should be sent to the Editor, FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, FBI Academy, Quantico, VA 22135.