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Life Saving Incident

December 28, 2022
Habersham County

On December 28, 2022, at approximately 6:00 p.m., Officers Joey Newkirk and Jonathan Hughes responded to a welfare check call at a local hotel. They arrived to find an elderly woman who had made comments to her family that, with the recent death of her husband, she didn’t feel like she could live anymore and attempted to commit suicide. According to Cornelia Police Chief Jonathan Roberts, Officers Newkirk and Hughes used their tourniquets and training to stop the bleeding from self-inflicted wounds. They were able to get the woman out of the bathtub, render aid, and get medical personnel on the scene. Chief Roberts nominated the officers for the National Law Enforcement Life Saving Awards. The Award Council voted to recognize the officers. Chief Roberts presented their awards to them during the February 8, 2023, Cornelia City Commission meeting. “Watching the body camera, how they interacted with her and assured her there were people here that loved her and wanted her to stick around, was just truly amazing,” Chief Roberts said while presenting the awards. Roberts reported to the commission that they had been in contact with the family, and she has recovered from her injuries and is receiving counseling, and is doing very well. “She is very grateful for the actions of these two officers,” he said. After the awards presentation, Cornelia Mayor John Borrow said, “Gentlemen, that’s almost enough to bring tears to your eyes. Those of us with parents – it’s impressive.”

The history of law enforcement in the United States is a long and wonderful history of bravery. This website is dedicated to documenting the heroic deeds of law enforcement officers throughout the United States who have either given or risked their lives to save others. There are many stories of bravery and heroism for many who are considered first responders. However, it is those in law enforcement who are most likely to be the first to arrive upon a location requiring life saving acts engaging dangerous hostage takers, running into burning buildings/vehicles, providing first aid to seriously injured victims, saving near drowning victims and much more are what the women and men of law enforcement do routinely and at many times, great peril to their own safety.
It is our mission to document the history of lives saved by those dedicated women and men in law enforcement. To share with others the dramatic deeds of those individuals who are the first, first responders. It is so important for our citizens to understand that law "enforcement" is not always about enforcing the law but rather being there when our citizens need us.
It is to this end we are dedicated to promoting documentation regarding the history of law enforcement and the lives they have saved.