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officer by the carDeputies in Florida stepped in for a Marine vet in need of help

By PoliceOne Staff

CANTONMENT, Fla. — Deputies in Florida went above and beyond for a Marine veteran after conducting a welfare check.

According to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, deputies recently checked in on an 87-year-old man and noticed he needed some help around his home. The sheriff’s office said neighbors noticed a change to the 24-year Marine veteran’s home since he lost his wife five years ago to cancer.

“His neighbors had noticed that ever since his wife passed away, he really hasn’t had the willingness to take care of himself, or his house, or his yard,” Deputy Jake Bandurski told NorthEscambia.com.

The LEOs decided to step in to lend a helping hand to the elderly veteran. Deputies brought their own lawn equipment and tools to get the man’s yard back into shape.

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new bikeA deputy in Arkansas is being credited for going above and beyond for a girl who had her bike stolen

By PoliceOne Staff

GARLAND COUNTY, Ark. — A deputy in Arkansas is being credited for going above and beyond for a girl who had her bike stolen.

Garland County Deputy Justin Butcher, who works as an SRO for the Fountain Lake school district, recently took a report from Carrie Carr after her daughter’s bike was stolen, KATV reported. But instead of just filing a report, Butcher decided to help the girl, named Dylanne.

The deputy, along with representatives with a local Walmart, replaced Dylanne’s bike. In addition to the new bike, Dylanne also received a new helmet.

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danceA homeless man said he needed to be clean-shaven to get hired at a McDonald’s, so one officer stepped in and helped

By PoliceOne Staff

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Florida police officer is being praised for helping a homeless man who said he needed to shave his beard to get a job.

On Sunday, Tallahassee Officer Tony Carlson saw a homeless man struggling as he tried to shave his beard outside a gas station, the Tallahassee Democrat reported. The man, identified as Phil, didn’t have a mirror and was having trouble with the razor.

Phil told the officer he applied for a job at a McDonald’s and needed to be clean-shaven to get hired. So, Carlson tightened a screw on the razor and shaved the man’s beard for him.

My brother just videoed this at Circle K on Thomasville road in Tallahassee. They heard someone say he was starting a new job tomorrow. Great job TPD.

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officer by the carWhen the children told the officer they hasn’t eaten for a day, the officer stepped in

By PoliceOne Staff

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A North Carolina officer went above and beyond for two children after their mother suffered a medical emergency.

WJZY reported that a Charlotte-Mecklenburg officer, identified as Officer Harkey, responded to a call at a home about a woman in extreme crisis. When the woman had to be taken for medical evaluation, her two children, under the age of 10, had nowhere to go.

Harkey took the children to a temporary group home for children, where they would be safe while their mother was gone. While en route to the home, the officer asked the children when they last had a meal.

Some calls can be heart breaking but it’s a simple random act of kindness that can change a life.

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new bikeEighteen years after a Montgomery County Police officer helped deliver a child on Interstate 270, he attended the teen's graduation Friday.

By PoliceOne Staff

WESTWOOD, N.J. — A boy’s bad day was turned around thanks to several officers.

One morning on the cusp of the summer break, 13-year-old Quentin Reilly was crushed when he saw that his bike had been stolen off his front porch, NorthJersey.com reported. When Officer Ryan Sestanovich learned about the boy’s stolen bike, he recalled a time when the same thing happened to him at age 13.

Sestanovich said he could relate to how Reilly, who’s also known as “Q,” felt after learning that his prized bike was stolen.

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danceThe officer said he was inspired and impressed with the young girl’s dance moves

By PoliceOne Staff

HOUSTON — A Texas officer is being praised after video captured him dancing with a girl in a wheelchair during a party.

Last weekend, Houston Officer Sandy Fernandez was working security during a quinceañera when he noticed a young girl in a wheelchair watching people dance.

"Every time she would pass the dance floor she would just laugh, she would smile at me. Every time she passed by I would just smile and wave," Fernandez said.

Fernandez said the girl took the dance floor with her mother and danced in her chair. A few minutes later, the officer reached out to the young girl and asked her to dance with him.

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Officer and GraduateEighteen years after a Montgomery County Police officer helped deliver a child on Interstate 270, he attended the teen's graduation Friday.

By Cameron Luttrell, Patch Staff

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD — Eighteen years after a Montgomery County Police officer helped deliver a child on Interstate 270, he attended the teen's graduation Friday.

Officer Robert Hunt, who was 28-years-old at the time, helped deliver Thomas Duboyce on Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999.

Hunt was conducting a traffic stop on Interstate 270 in the area of Middlebrook Road when a man ran up to him and told him his wife was having a baby in their van.

Officer Hunt jumped into the couple's van and found the umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby's neck, a police statement said.

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Beyond the BadgeAfter the family’s card was declined, the officer said the look on one of the children’s faces caught his attention.

By PoliceOne Staff

CLEVELAND CITY, Tenn. — A Tennessee police officer is being lauded for going above and beyond the call of duty for a family in need.

Inside Edition reports that Cleveland City Police Officer Mike Kelly was working security at a Walmart earlier this month when he noticed a man’s card get declined as he tried to buy groceries. As the family began walking out, the officer said the look on one of the children’s faces caught his attention.

"The little girl’s face got me, her eyes were welling up and it broke my heart. I felt God telling me, ‘I put you up here for a reason,'" Kelly said. "I walked up to him, and said, 'Please let me bless you today.'"

Scrolling through random Facebook posts and then see this one that makes us ALL proud to be Cleveland police officers....

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Beyond the BadgeFollowing an eight-month search, Officer Josie Hall turned out to be a perfect match.

By PoliceOne Staff

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — Several special needs students had their dreams come true thanks to a group of Florida officers.

On Saturday, several Boynton Beach Police Department officers attended the John I. Leonard High School’s prom as the dates of several special needs students, WPTV reported. Scott Harris, a retired officer for the department, said the department came up with the idea so the students could have the same fun as their peers.

"We came up with this idea of having these students come to the prom since they wouldn't have the opportunity if we didn't take the chance and bring them here. My wife is a teacher at John I. Leonard and teaches these students,” Harris said.

The officers also prepared boutonnieres and corsages for the students, according to KCRG. The department documented the event on social media throughout the night, showcasing officers dancing along with the students.

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NYPD officersThe police officers were driving by when they noticed a commotion around Ron Gargalowitz, who had gone into cardiac arrest while walking with his family.

By PoliceOne Staff

NEW YORK — An elderly tourist who went into cardiac arrest was saved by quick-thinking police officers who just happened to be in the area.

CBS New York reported that Ron Gargalowitz, 83, was in New York celebrating his 60th wedding anniversary and had just finished dinner when he collapsed.

“I passed out and fell down, didn’t even realize anything. And the officers were very nearby and someone alerted them,” Gargalowitz said.

Bystanders flagged down two police officers who called for backup while administering CPR.

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Beyond the BadgeFollowing an eight-month search, Officer Josie Hall turned out to be a perfect match.

By PoliceOne Staff

SUFFOLK, Va. — A firefighter’s son was the recipient of a new kidney thanks to a Virginia police officer.

On May 9, 2017, 14-year-old Ian Dennis went to a hospital for blood work and was diagnosed with stage five kidney failure, WHDH reports.

“His kidneys were very small and as his body grew it outgrew the function of the kidney. So, he was slowly getting sicker his whole life,” Ian’s father Chris, a veteran of the Chesapeake Fire Department, told WAVY.

After being ruled out as kidney donors, Ian’s parents took to Facebook to see if anyone would be willing to donate. More than 40 people offered to donate, but none were a match.

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Beyond the BadgeTruckers aid police in stopping suicide on Mich. freeway.

Associated Press

HUNTINGTON WOODS, Mich. — More than a dozen tractor-trailers lined up beneath a Detroit-area freeway overpass to aid police trying to help a man contemplating suicide.

Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw said troopers received a call early Tuesday about the man standing on an overpass above Interstate 696 in Huntington Woods. As officers routed traffic away, they directed truckers to drive into positions to shorten the fall if the man jumped.

Thirteen trucks lined the freeway as police dealt with the man. The incident lasted about four hours until he walked off to waiting officers and to seek medical help.

Shaw says troopers typically work with truckers during such incidents, but it's unusual to have so many involved. He adds there are "many other options out there aside from taking your own life."

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Beyond the BadgeDetective Mark Rubins was sitting in the upper section of the Theater at Madison Square Garden at about 11:30 a.m. when he heard a woman yell, “Help! Please!”

By Graham Rayman
New York Daily News

NEW YORK — Quick action by a medically trained NYPD detective saved the life of baby boy who got popcorn stuck in his throat Wednesday at the Police Academy graduation ceremony.

Detective Mark Rubins, 42, was sitting in the upper rear section of the Theater at Madison Square Garden at about 11:30 a.m. when he heard a woman yell, “Help! Please!”

“The baby was limp in her arms and his lips were blue,” Rubins said.

Rubins, a paramedic for 20 years, ran down an aisle to the mom’s side.

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Beyond the BadgeWhen 84-year-old Roger Baker didn’t have a ride to get to the hospital, Deputy Chief Jason Bentley answered the call.

By PoliceOne Staff

MONTOURSVILLE, Pa. — A Pennsylvania officer is being praised for his kindness after helping an elderly man visit his sick wife at a hospital.

WNEP reports that Montoursville Deputy Chief Jason Bentley received a call Thursday about a man, 84-year-old Roger Baker, who needed a ride to the hospital. Baker’s wife of more than 60 years suffered a medical emergency, and Baker had no friends or family to take him to her.

Bentley drove the elderly man to the hospital and noticed Baker struggling to walk.

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video cover 3Lt. Jim Foster was credited by Tiffany Hall for helping her turn her life around after he arrested her on drug charges.

By PoliceOne Staff

LONG BEACH, Calif. — A woman invited the police officer who arrested her on drug charges to her college graduation after she said he turned her life around.

Five years ago, Tiffany Hall was arrested by Long Beach Police Department Lt. Jim Foster, ABC News reported. Hall said the officer urged her to find a better path in life and encouraged her to go to school.

"He would encourage me all the time," Hall said. “'Tiffany, you can do better than this. Tiffany, why don't you try to go to school? Tiffany, why don't you stop?'"

Years later, Hall and Lt. Foster crossed paths again at the Long Beach police headquarters, where she surprised the lieutenant with an invitation to her college graduation.

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Beyond the BadgeAfter learning that a mother’s live-in boyfriend had taken money from her, Cpl. Jamie Wilson said he acted like any officer and father would.

By PoliceOne Staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A West Virginia officer is being recognized after helping a mother in need.

On April 14, Cpl. Jamie Wilson was responding to a domestic complaint at an apartment complex when he encountered the mother, WVAH reports. Wilson learned that the mother’s live-in boyfriend had taken money from her, leaving her unable to buy diapers for her child.

Wilson said he acted like any officer and father would and bought the mother some diapers and wipes for her baby.

"I'm here like any other dad and doing the right thing is just doing the right thing regardless of whether you wear a uniform or not," Wilson said.

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video cover 2The teen was about to jump off a bridge before the officers stopped her.

By PoliceOne Staff

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Four Ohio officers sprang into action to save the life of a teenage girl who tried to jump off a bridge, recently released body cam footage shows.

Columbus police responded to a call about a possible suicidal teenager on March 20 when they encountered the 17-year-old girl, WCMH-TV reports. Four officers witnessed the girl jump over the railing and onto the river side of the bridge.

The officers sprinted to save girl, who dangled her hands and feet from the edge of the bridge, according to WSYX-TV.

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Video coverMARYSVILLE, Wash. — A Washington police officer is being recognized for going above and beyond for a family dealing with a devastating burglary.

Last week, Mikaela Richards and her older brother, Gage, came home after school and were shocked to find their money, wallets and nearly every electronic devices they owned were stolen, KIRO reports. Officer Nate Zaretzke, who responded to the call, said the case was heartbreaking.

“I think what was most heartbreaking was just the way the kids had to come home to this,” Zaretzke said.

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Beyond the BadgeTrooper D.H. Cepelnik became a temporary father to the cubs after their mother was killed crossing a highway.

By Mark Price
The Charlotte Observer

WAYNESBORO, Va. — A Virginia State Police Trooper who responded to a fatal traffic accident involving a bear is being credited with saving the cubs she left stranded along the side of the road.

A photograph of Senior Trooper D.H. Cepelnik trying to control the playful cubs has been shared nearly 30,000 times on social media in the past few days, with 1,600 comments.

Cepelnick became a temporary father to the pair Thursday, after their mother was killed crossing a highway in Franklin County. The cubs were taken the next day to Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro, where they will live until they can be released into the wild.

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Beyond the BadgeTrooper Raul Carrillo was presented with the Governor's Award for Valor for his heroic efforts.

By Angela Deines
The Topeka Capital-Journal, Kan.

TOPEKA, Kan. — In the 19 years he has been a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper, Raul Carrillo has responded to many crashes on the state's roads and highways.

But on Feb. 21, Carrillo narrowly missed being in a major crash himself.

"It was so surreal," he said Thursday of seeing a tanker truck crash through a median wall on Interstate 35 about 30 miles north of Wichita. "I have witnessed numerous accidents — never at this level, though. The fire, somebody trapped. It was just overwhelming at first, but it worked out."

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danceThis week's photo comes from Corporal William D. Pickering Jr. of the Norfolk Police Department. This photo shows a group of young girls and officers dancing during the 3rd Annual Cops and Curls event in Norfolk, Virginia. Throughout the event, the "Curls" get to experience dancing, food, and fun with the Norfolk Officers. Nice moves!

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boy becomes honorary deputyHENRY COUNTY, Ind. — A young boy’s wish has come true thanks to an Indiana sheriff’s department.

WXIN-TV reports that 6-year-old Brantley Taber became an honorary sheriff’s deputy for the Henry County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday at his school. Brantley is battling cancer for the third time and has maxed out his lifetime of chemotherapy doses, and the only option left for the boy is trial medicine.

After learning that the boy has always wanted to be an LEO, the department made his wish come true. Departments around the state who got wind of the project also went to the school to welcome the young man to the force.

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boy becomes honorary deputy

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — An Army veteran had an unforgettable birthday thanks to a Massachusetts police officer.

Several months ago, Pittsfield Officer Darren Derby walked into the First United Methodist Church where he first met Bill McCarthy, News 10 reports. McCarthy is a veteran of the Army who lost his leg due to a medical condition that was unrelated to his service.

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Beyond the BadgeA Pennsylvania officer is crediting a sharp and curious 2-year-old boy for helping him save an overdose victim’s life.

COATSVILLE, Pa. — A Pennsylvania officer is crediting a sharp and curious 2-year-old boy for helping him save an overdose victim’s life.

On Tuesday, Odale Gilliam, mother of 2-year-old Amari, was alerted by her son, who was near a window, about a man passed out outside their home, FOX 29 reports.

"I pulled the blinds down and he kept pulling them up so I'm like what could be keeping him looking out the window? I saw a gentleman he was just slumped beside his vehicle and that's when I just dialed 911," she said.

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Beyond the BadgeA panhandling woman was able to eat and head home thanks to an Arizona deputy.

PHOENIX — An Arizona deputy is being recognized for going above the call of duty to help a struggling mother and her 2-year-old child.

AZFamily reports that Maricopa County Sheriff’s Deputy Jennifer Pittman encountered the panhandling woman after a broken-down truck left the mother and her 2-year-old child stranded. Pittman said the mother was trying to save up to get two tickets back home to Mississippi.

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NJ troopers Trooper Roy Sanchez created a makeshift tourniquet to help save the life of a man who accidentally shot himself.

KNOWLTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. — A New Jersey trooper’s quick thinking helped save the life of a man who accidentally shot himself.

WNBC reports that Trooper Roy Sanchez and several other troopers responded to a call Thursday about an accidental shooting at a home. Sanchez found a man who accidentally shot himself bleeding profusely from his leg.

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Georgia sheriff’s deputyTake a walk in the shoes of a Georgia sheriff’s deputy and dispatcher as she describes what it means to “wear the badge”.

Calling all police poets! PoliceOne’s new column highlights some of the inspirational, moving and funny poems authored by our readers.

“The Meaning behind The Badge” is by Rebecca "Punchy" Thomason, a Deputy Sheriff II with the Forsyth County Sheriff's Department and 911 operator with the Forsyth County 911 Center, both in Cumming, Georgia. Rebecca has been in public safety for over 17 years.

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NJ Trooper A New Jersey trooper is being praised for his quick actions after saving the life of a two-week-old newborn.

WABC-TV reports that Trooper Robert Meyer was in his home sleeping when a neighbor came knocking on his door to ask for help with her choking infant. The neighbor, whom Meyer never met before, came to his home after seeing his marked patrol car outside...

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