On the Police Heroes topic page we not only remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the mission to protect their communities, but we also recognize the many moments of heroism that all too often go unnoticed by the public or the mainstream press.
8-year-old Emilio Penn has always dreamed of becoming a police officer, and on July 3rd, his dream came true. With help from the National Latino Peace Officers Association Alameda County Chapter, Emilio, who has an inoperable brain tumor, was sworn in with the newest graduating class of the Oakland PD as an honorary officer.
Everyone who knows Sgt. Gavette knows that family comes first. His own family, his officers' families, and his family in blue. When the UCF active shooter incident was all over, Gavette's biggest concern was how his officer was feeling. - Full Story
The gunman had done an internet search for police response time and had concluded he had an average of 18 minutes to carry out his attack on UCF students. But Officers Imparato and Gavette had cut that time by nearly fifteen minutes, foiling his plan before it started.