Everyday Heroes: PoliceOne goes beyond the headlines


In late December 2010, two Amherst (Mass.) police officers saved the life of an 83-year-old man who had lost control of his vehicle on and ended up in an icy river. First to respond was Officer David Rhoades, who broke through ice, waded into the frigid river, and pulled the elderly man to safety. By the time Rhoades was making his way toward shore with the injured man in his arms, Officer James Damouras had also arrived at the scene, helping both men from the water.

The local newspaper had a nice little article about this incident, but these LEOs didn’t receive much notice beyond the radius of the TV broadcast news — if even that. In fact, it seems that in every case where a cop is covered in a positive light by the mainstream media, the item quickly fades from the headlines, only to be replaced by some accusation of police misconduct or some other negative story. PoliceOne will remedy that by highlighting unsung acts of heroism — those small but special things LEOs do to change the lives of ordinary citizens they encounter every day.

Going further than simply scouring the headlines, the PoliceOne Editorial Team — in close collaboration with all our Columnists and Contributors — will speak with officers we encounter and continually ask the question, “Will you tell me your story of the life you saved? Will you tell me about that cop in your PD?” If you have a story to tell, just send us an email. We’d be delighted to hear from you.

About the author

Doug Wyllie is Editor in Chief of PoliceOne, responsible for setting the editorial direction of the website and managing the planned editorial features by our roster of expert writers. An award-winning columnist — he is the 2014 Western Publishing Association "Maggie Award" winner in the category of Best Regularly Featured Digital Edition Column — Doug has authored more than 800 feature articles and tactical tips on a wide range of topics and trends that affect the law enforcement community. Doug is a member of International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), an Associate Member of the California Peace Officers' Association (CPOA), and a member of the Public Safety Writers Association (PSWA). Even in his "spare" time, he is active in his support for the law enforcement community, contributing his time and talents toward police-related charitable events as well as participating in force-on-force training, search-and-rescue training, and other scenario-based training designed to prepare cops for the fight they face every day on the street.

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