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.
For the week of December 6, Dave Smith discusses a frightening situation in which a cop in an unmarked car on the phone with his wife was mistaken for a gang member and fired upon from another vehicle. He also recaps a heartwarming story of a cop who saved a woman's life then stayed at her bedside, and a chief who offered to be TASERed in front of his community to raise money for his department, plus this week's Not Today moment from Wis.
As infuriating as it may be, many agencies don’t outfit their officers with body armor, causing officers to choose between buying proper ballistic protection and putting food on the family table. - Full Story
Some say U.S. Deputy Marshal Bass Reeves was the inspiration for "The Lone Ranger." If he was, you might say he lived a life more dangerous and interesting than the legend. He was first black lawman west of the Mississippi. - Full Story
The gunman who killed two people and himself in a shooting rampage at an Oregon mall was 22 years old and used a stolen AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and had several fully loaded magazines when he arrived. - Full Story
The suspect's mother had written of his eratic behavior several times in an attempt to have him placed in a mental institution; meanwhile thundreds of mourners lined the street and packed a civic center in honor of Deputy Scott Ward, who was shot and killed by the suspect in an exchange of gunfire. - Full Story