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 at Large for PoliceOne, responsible for providing police training content and expert analysis on a wide range of topics and trends that affect the law enforcement community. 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 900 feature articles and tactical tips. Doug is also responsible for planning and recording the PoliceOne Podcast, Policing Matters, as well as being the on-air host for PoliceOne Video interviews. Doug also works closely with the PoliceOne Academy to develop training designed to prepare cops for the fight they face every day on the street.

Doug regularly represents PoliceOne as a public speaker in a variety of forums and is available for media interviews — he has appeared on numerous local and national radio and television news programs, and has been quoted in a host of print publications. 

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).

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