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.
An officer is gunned down in his patrol car in Penn Hills, Pa., while waiting for backup. Near Seattle, four officers are ambushed by an ex-con with a handgun. Another four are shot to death in Oakland, Calif., after a traffic stop gone awry. Across the nation, 2009 was a particularly perilous year for officers in gun battles. - Full Story