Spotlight on Law Enforcement July 2019

A deputy pulled over a car for speeding. That traffic stop saved a 12-day-old baby’s life

By Gianluca Mezzofiore, CNN Updated 4:00 PM ET, Fri July 12, 2019

When Deputy Will Kimbro stopped a car for speeding last month, he didn’t know he would end up saving a newborn’s life.

The dramatic episode, which took place during a routine patrol in Berkeley County, South Carolina on June 11, was caught on a newly released video recorded by the officer’s body camera.

As Kimbro stopped the vehicle, the driver got out of the car and shouted that the baby stopped breathing after drinking from a bottle, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office.

Her body was limp and blueish from lack of oxygen, the sheriff’s office said.
After asking the mother, who was sitting on the passenger’s seat, for the baby’s name, the deputy puts the baby on her lap, checks the pulse, and starts massaging her heart as part of lifesaving first aid.

“Come on baby, cry for me, cry for me,” he can be heard saying. “Open those eyes, sweetheart.”

As the baby starts crying, Kimbro says: “As long as she’s crying like that she’s breathing. I want you to cry. Come on.”

“I think she’s gonna be OK. She’s breathing,” the officer says to reassure the mother.

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Spotlight on Law Enforcement April 2019

Officer Kim Wood
Officer Kim Wood

Driver sends note saying ‘thanks for slowing me down’ to Middleton police officer

Channel 3000 | Apr 02, 2019 11:15 PM CDT

MIDDLETON, Wis. – A Middleton police officer received an unexpected thank you note this week from a driver.

The note said Officer Kim Wood stopped the driver for speeding in a 35 mph section of County Highway M.

“While not ‘above and beyond’ I want to thank Officer Wood for slowing me down in my rush to get back to my office,” the note said. “My speed was more than a little exuberant.”

The stop made the driver rethink driving on the highway.

“Since then I have been mindful of the speed and enjoying the scenery, though cars behind me do not always seem to share my appreciation,” the note said. “May all traffic stops result in drivers rethinking their actions.”

The police department was grateful for the rare thank you note and said it was “another fine example of the little things we do every day that make a difference.”

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Spotlight on Law Enforcement February 2019

February 2019 Officer Spotlight

Sheriff’s deputy building relationships one bicycle at a time

By Jennifer Franciotti, News Anchor, Reporter, WBALTV, February 7, 2019

For the last two years, Khalid Mitchell has bought bicycles that are given away as prizes at a high school basketball game.

Mitchell is a senior deputy with the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, and he’s the school resource officer at Joppatowne High School.

“(It’s all) for the kids. Everything is for the kids,” Mitchell said.

Thanks to Mitchell, a 12-year-old girl has a new bicycle.

“It was kind of surprising because you would think kids would get candy, but you got a bike,” said Kimani Davenport, who won the bicycle.

Kimani, along with another young boy, recently won bicycles during a basketball game where Mitchell and a teacher hosted the second annual Good Citizenship Contest as a way to give kids a positive interaction with law enforcement officers.

“Community is first with me, and I think how you affect and change a community, you have to start with the young ones,” Mitchell said.

Mitchell pays for the bikes out of his own pocket but said it’s totally worth it.

“That’s a small sacrifice for the results you get out of something like this,” Mitchell said.

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Spotlight on Law Enforcement January 2019

(Megan O’Grady) Megan O’Grady started Blue Line Bears two years ago. She makes and delivers teddy bears to the families of fallen police officers.

Teen makes personalized teddy bears for families of fallen police officers

Megan O’Grady not only makes the bears but travels to deliver them.

By Enjoli Francis and Susan Schwartz,  ABC News, January 4, 2019

This new year, one Florida teen is pushing forward with her mission to ensure that the families and particularly children of fallen law enforcement officers have a little something to cuddle to help them remember their loved ones.

Megan O’Grady, 16, of Cape Coral, Florida, runs the nonprofit organization Blue Line Bears, which makes and delivers personalized teddy bears.

This week, she and her parents traveled to Denver to deliver bears that she’d made for the family of Adams County Sheriff’s Deputy Heath Gumm, 32, who was killed while on duty in January 2018.

Using the uniform shirt of the fallen officer, which she gets from relatives or the police department, O’Grady sews and stuffs bears that wear miniature versions of the uniforms including the officer’s name, badge number and even department.

It takes O’Grady, a high school junior, up to two days to complete each bear.

“Part of the reason that I started this was because there’s such a negativity towards police. … It has really lifted my spirits knowing that there are so many people out there who really care about police.”

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Spotlight on Law Enforcement November 2018

Korean War Veteran Gets Home Makeover Thanks to DC Officer, Nonprofit

Korean War Veteran Gets Home Makeover Thanks to DC Officer, Nonprofit

By Mark Segraves and Christian Paz, NBC4 – Washington, November 12, 2018

Sgt. Juanita Eccles was on duty when Pfc. Thomas Pressley first stumbled into a police station asking for her help.

Eccles recalled, “He comes in and he just says, ‘please, please, can I get some help?'”

Pressley, a Korean War veteran, was hungry and haggard, Eccles remembered. She used her own money to buy Pressley some food that day but realized that his troubles ran deeper than that when she visited Pressley’s home.

“The mold was higher than your hip. And the floors you couldn’t walk on because you’d fall through. The contractor went upstairs and said ‘the toilet is sinking through the floor’,” she said.

Pressley’s house was in complete disrepair. Photos of Pressley’s old home showed crumbling ceilings, dirt and grime on almost every surface and paint chipping from the walls.

And on top of that: Eccles said she learned from a nephew of Pressley’s that the veteran had been a victim of financial elder abuse and his entire life savings had been stolen.

So Eccles resolved to fix the situation. Eccles partnered with D.C. Council member Brianne Nadeau and local non-profit Purple Heart Homes, which works to improve the lives of veterans experiencing housing insecurity, and corporate sponsors like Home Depot and Comcast, a parent company of News4, to repair and refurbish Pressley’s home.

“This is a godsend. Money can’t buy this when someone has that kind of love,” Pressley said.

And finally, on Monday, Pressley got the keys to his new home in the same building he had been living in for 56 years.

“I feel like this is part of heaven on earth,” he said.

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Spotlight on Law Enforcement October 2018

Fla. Cops Get 'Delicious' Reward After Finding Stolen Doughnut Van

Fla. Cops Get ‘Delicious’ Reward After Finding Stolen Doughnut Van

By NBC4 – Washington, October 17, 2018

The store manager donated the cargo of Krispy Kreme to the Clearwater police officers

It was a lucky day for some Florida police officers who recovered a stolen van filled with Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

The Clearwater Police Department posted a photo on Facebook of a group of officers standing in front of the van holding boxes of the tasty treats.

Clearwater police said the van was reported stolen Tuesday morning in Lake City, which is 193 miles north of Clearwater. It was spotted, loaded with doughnuts, at Crest Lake Park Tuesday afternoon.

The Facebook posting says the store manager donated the cargo of “delicious” doughnuts to the officers. They saved some doughnuts to eat and handed out the rest to the area’s homeless.

Spotlight on Law Enforcement September 2018

Sept 2018 Law Enforcement Spotlight

Hammond police escort girl, 5, to chemotherapy treatment

By Megan Hickey, HAMMOND, Ind. (WLS) — September 10, 2018

Monday, a 5-year-old cancer patient from Hammond, Indiana is getting her second-to-last chemo treatment, and she’s getting a special escort to the hospital in Indianapolis.

Sammy left for Indianapolis with her group of Hammond police officer escorts and she was wide awake and so excited for her trip.

She arrived to find police lights flashing in front of the police department. She gave everyone a big hug and showed us her special outfit and talked about her first ever ride in a police squad car.

She was diagnosed with eye cancer when she was just 3 months old. She ultimately had to have one eye replaced, and then unfortunately the cancer returned.

Sammy’s mom Diana Barr said she’s overwhelmed by the support.

“She laughed, she said ‘Mommy, have you ever been in a cop car?’ I said, ‘Nope, I guess this is a first time for everything,'” she said.

After the appointment, they’re hoping to take her to lunch and maybe a little shopping trip. Sammy said she wants a teddy bear with a bow on it like the one she’s wearing Monday.

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Spotlight on Law Enforcement August 2018

Officer's act of kindness caught on video
Officer’s act of kindness caught on video

A homeless man needed a little help to land a job. So this officer gave him a shave

Going above and beyond the call of duty, one Florida officer helped a man get a clean shave so he could land a job. The act of kindness was caught on camera and shared on social media. – By Amanda Jackson, CNN July 24, 2018

Tallahassee Police Officer Tony Carlson said he noticed a man having some issues with his razor outside of a gas station on Sunday.

“He asked me if I knew anything about fixing a razor cause it was broken,” said Officer Carlson in a video posted on Monday. “I looked at it and it was missing a screw. Obviously, I didn’t have another screw so I just tighten up the other one to the point it would work.”

The man, whom Carlson identified only as Phil, was homeless. He told the officer he needed to shave so he could get a job at a local fast food restaurant. Now with the working razor, Phil tried shaving, but without a mirror, it was hard to do. So Officer Carlson shaved his beard for him.

Greg Wallenfelsz happened to be at the gas station as the scene was unfolding, and he captured it on video.

“I thought it would be nice to share with others this selfless act of kindness this officer showed this stranger,” he told CNN.

Kelly Duvall’s daughter also took a picture outside the gas station, and Kelly shared it on social media and with the police department.

“One officer’s simple act of kindness is touching so many lives, it is amazing,” Duvall told CNN.

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Nationals, Cubs, Royals, Tigers, Rockies, Indians, Rays… OH MY!

This summer is turning out to be a hot one and so are the Law Enforcement Nights at Major League Baseball games across the country.
We kicked off May with National Police Week in Washington, DC, where the Washington Nationals honored law enforcement on May 15 as the Nationals took on the New York Yankees. Despite the rain, it was still a fun night out for all who attended. The National Law Enforcement Museum, which will open in  October, received the Washington Nationals Spirit Award. Our thanks to Kevin Nawrocki and the Nationals for supporting and honoring law enforcement during National Police Week.

The honoring of law enforcement continued in the “Windy City” on May 23 as the Chicago Cubs hosted their annual law enforcement appreciation night at Wrigley Field. The Cubs battled the Cleveland Indians and fell short in a 1-0 score. Each fan that purchased the law enforcement package received a Cubs law enforcement tumbler. Prior to the game, members of the Chicago (IL) Police Department Honor Guard presented the colors and performed the national anthem while law enforcement officers and their families were honored throughout the game. Our thanks to Patrick Anhut and Jason Tuton of the Chicago Cubs Groups Sales Team for another first-class event.

May finished strong as the Kansas City Royals honored law enforcement on May 29 as they took on the Minnesota Twins and won in a final score of 2-1. It was also a win for law enforcement as prior to the game Les Kerr, a well-known native of Kansas and a law enforcement professional, threw out the ceremonial first pitch (it was a strike). Kansas City (MO) Police Officer Dustin Dierenfeldt sang the national anthem as the Olathe (KS) Police Department Honor Guard presented the colors. Each fan in attendance that bought the special law enforcement ticket package received a commemorative challenge coin. Our thanks to Scott Barthelmass, Ariel Peralta and the Royals for supporting local law enforcement.

The winning kept going on May 30 as National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund staff traveled to “Motor City” as the Detroit Tigers battled the Los Angeles Angels and won in a final score of 6-1. Comerica Park was again showing its support for law enforcement as fans were treated to a police car display in front of the ballpark from a variety of Michigan police agencies. During the pre-game ceremony, retired U.S. Border Patrol Agent Mark Hall was recognized for his 33 years of service to the Border Patrol and its Detroit Station. Mark was presented with a letter and gift on behalf of Memorial Fund CEO Craig Floyd.

Throwing out a fast ball for the ceremonial first pitch was Police Unity Tour Executive Director Harry Phillips. The Downriver Honor Guard, which is a part of the Michigan SMART Honor Guard, presented the colors. Fans also witnessed a Blackhawk helicopter flyover by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Detroit Air Station. Each fan that purchased the special ticket package received a law enforcement challenge coin and Thin Blue Line USA bracelet. During the game, fans were treated to a special video about StandWith Honor, a law enforcement membership at the National Law Enforcement Museum. At the game, a group of Police Unity Tour riders from the Capital City Chapter caught up with Harry Phillips and Memorial Fund staff. Due to the popularity and high demand of this event, a second date has been added for Sunday August 12. Tickets are on sale now at www.tigers.com/law2. Big shout-out and salute to Dan Foley, Mark Hall, Brent Clark, Kris Grogan, Jerry Connors, Betsy Bouillon and the Tigers staff for making this event one of the premier group events at Comerica Park.

We got a chance to catch our breath in June, which turned out to be a good month as the Memorial Fund paid a visit to the Colorado Rockies on June 10 and the Cleveland Indians on June 23. The Denver (CO) Police Department Honor Guard presented colors at the Rockies game. Our thanks to the Bill Swank organization and the Cleveland State University Honor Guard for presenting the colors at Progressive Field during the Indians Law Enforcement Night.

Summer is heating up and so are the sporting events. The July 4th week kicked off in Tampa Florida as the Rays hosted Law Enforcement Day at Tropicana Field. The Lakeland (FL) Police Honor Guard made the 60-mile trip south to St. Petersburg and presented the colors. The Rays took on the 2017 World Series Houston Astros and came out on top in a final 3-2 win!

The Rays’ special ticket package included a Rays baseball cap, free parking, the Rays Touch Tank and access to the Ted Williams Museum. Thanks to Yolanda Fernandez, the St. Petersburg (FL) Police Department, Jeanne Drury, Kim Couts and the Tampa Bay Rays for the hospitality.

Still want more baseball? Want to work on your 7th inning stretch? For the latest schedule of sporting events  visit  www.LawMemorial.org/Sports. Upcoming teams include the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, New York Yankees, New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals, Miami Marlins, Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins and Milwaukee Brewers.

2018 Law Enforcement Appreciation events kick off

On January 4, the 2018 Law Enforcement Appreciation events were kicked off in the Twin
Cities with the Minnesota Wild. Despite the cold weather,
the Wild beat the Buffalo Sabres in a final score of 6-2 as we honored
Minnesota law enforcement. Our thanks to Jeff Beahen and the Minnesota Law
Enforcement Memorial Association, the Minnesota Federal Law Enforcement
Officers Association and the Minnesota Chiefs of Police.

From Minnesota we traveled down to
Tampa, Fla., as the Lightning took on the Calgary Flames. The
Lightning lost a tough game with a final score of 5-1. Area law
enforcement officers were honored at the start of the game on the video board.
The Lightning had police agencies and an interactive display on the
plaza prior to the game, as well as a police/fire honor guard. Law enforcement
and their families were treated to great hospitality. Our thanks to Cindy
Roberts and the Tampa Bay “COPS” Chapter for their assistance in the
event, as well as Sam Reiner of the Tampa Bay Lightning.