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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.
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March 09, 2009

Dave Smith: The Nature of Courage

At the 2008 Illinois Tactical Officers Association Conference, Dave Smith of PoliceOne.com and Calibre Press was asked to be the banquet speaker. Dave's topic was "The Nature of Courage" and the response was so great to his presentation PoliceOneTV has made it available to those of you weren't able to attend. Whatever your assignment there is something for you in Dave's remarkable inquiry into one of the most important qualities a law enforcement officer can have.

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February 02, 2009

Will to Win: Mike Perez (Part 1)

In November of 1985, Officer Mike Perez of the Aurora, IL Police Department experienced a life changing moment: his partner was disarmed and the offender, a career criminal with a violent past, turned the gun on Officer Perez.
September 01, 2008

Will to Win: Henderson P.D. (Part 2)

In May 2007, Officer Joe Yzaguirre of the Henderson Police Department was wounded when he and several officers attempted to free a young woman being threatened by her husband. The firefight and aftermath make for a remarkable example of the intensity and emotion officers face in such critical incidents. This is a gripping story of officers confronting a suspect bent on murder... and what happens when things go suddenly wrong -- with an officer's foot stuck through a door and shots fired! Part 2 brings us the conclusion of this incredible tale.
August 01, 2008

Will to Win: Lance Shipman (Part 3)

Imagine being engaged in a violent physical confrontation and then all of a sudden, you find yourself looking down the barrel of your own firearm! And to make matters worse, an angry crowd is shouting for your assailant to shoot... Less than an hour later, Corporal Shipman was in the back of an ambulance. Certainly the worst was over, but Lance's recovery was just beginning. In the conclusion of this three-part series, hear the Corporal talk about his life since the incident.
July 28, 2008

Will to Win: Lance Shipman (Part 2)

Imagine being engaged in a violent physical confrontation and then all of a sudden, you find yourself looking down the barrel of your own firearm! And to make matters worse, an angry crowd is shouting for your assailant to shoot... Less than an hour later, Corporal Shipman was in the back of an ambulance. Certainly the worst was over, but Lance's recovery was just beginning. In part two of this three-part series, hear the Corporal reflect on the many lessons to be learned, both tactically and emotionally.
July 28, 2008

Will to Win: Lance Shipman (Part 1)

Imagine being engaged in a violent physical confrontation and then all of a sudden, you find yourself looking down the barrel of your own firearm! And to make matters worse, an angry crowd is shouting for your assailant to shoot... On January 22nd, 2008, Corporal Lance Shipman attempted to stop a vehicle as it exited a neighborhood known for high crime and drug activity. In the first part of this three-part series, hear Corporal Shipman explain how he ended up in this perilous situation.
July 16, 2008

Will to Win: Henderson P.D. (Part 1)

In May 2007, Officer Joe Yzaguirre of the Henderson Police Department was wounded when he and several officers attempted to free a young woman being threatened by her husband. The firefight and aftermath make for a remarkable example of the intensity and emotion officers face in such critical incidents. This is a gripping story of officers confronting a suspect bent on murder... and what happens when things go suddenly wrong -- with an officer's foot stuck through a door and shots fired!
June 09, 2008

Will to Win: Deanna Jensen

As a motor officer for the Scottsdale Police Department, Deanna Jensen was involved in a terrible accident while escorting the funeral of a fallen brother. Her remarkable story of survival and recovery is one that will keep you thinking for quite a while.
June 02, 2008

Will to Win: Physical and mental recovery after an ambush

Officer Busby tells the story of being ambushed and wounded while responding to a call. What followed is a unique story of both physically and emotionally recovering from a unique set of life threatening circumstances.



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