National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum Announces July 2020 Officer of the Month

Police K-9 Officer Jonathan Weise recognized for saving the lives of father, twin girls in distress.

Washington, DC—The National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum is pleased to announce San Diego (CA) Police Department K-9 Officer Jonathan Weise has been named July Officer of the Month.

K9 Officer Jonathan Wiese
Police K9 Officer Jonathan Wiese

In the early morning of June 13, police received a call from a woman who believed her two-year-old daughters had been taken by their father, who was suicidal and planning to drive off the Coronado Bridge in San Diego. Officer Weise arrived at the scene to see the suspect drive his truck off Sunset Cliffs and into the Pacific Ocean. His first thought was to jump in after the truck. As other officers arrived at the site, Weise used his 100-foot dog leash to repel down the cliff into the ocean and towards the overturned car, with the help of the officers providing an anchor.

Officer Weise reached the father in the water, who was trying to hold both children while treading water and having difficulty. Weise helped get them  to safety on nearby rocks where they could stand. As one child struggled to breathe, he inverted her to help expel water from her lungs, then put her in a bag and used the leash again to hoist her up to the officers above for rescue. Medics then arrived to pull up the other child with their father.

“Jonathan’s use of the 100-foot dog leash to have fellow officers lower him down the 30-foot cliff to reach the father and twin girls is probably the most heroic thing I have seen in my 32 years,” stated David Nesleit, San Diego Chief of Police. “I am in support of Jonathan’s nomination and recognition as the Officer of the Month for July 2020.”

“When I read about K-9 Officer Weise’s quick response to this potentially deadly situation, I could think of no other scenario that was more deserving of our Officer of the Month Award,” said National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund CEO Marcia Ferranto. “Officer Weise’s immediate response, without regard for his own safety, is a true example of the bravery and heroism that defines our nation’s law enforcement officers.”

Located in the nation’s capital, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of America’s law enforcement officers. The Officer of the Month award program began in 1996 and recognizes federal, state, and local officers who distinguish themselves through exemplary law enforcement service and devotion to duty. The July award was made possible by the sponsorship of the Police Unity Tour.

About the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum
Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to telling the story of American law enforcement and making it safer for those who serve. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial contains the names of 22,217 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. For more information about the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, visit Authorized by Congress in 2000, the 57,000-square-foot National Law Enforcement Museum at the Motorola Solutions Foundation Building tells the story of American law enforcement by providing visitors a “walk in the shoes” experience along with educational journeys, immersive exhibitions, and insightful programs. The Museum is an initiative of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization. For more information on the Law Enforcement Museum, visit

Robyn Small
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