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Life Saving Incident

December 18, 2021
Texas County

On Saturday, December 18, 2021, Communications Operator III Lori L. Wood, Troop G, was working the overnight shift when she received a call from Texas County 911 regarding a vehicle in the water on Missouri Highway 17 and North Pine Street in Summersville, Missouri. Comm. Oper. III Wood consulted a map and determined North Pine Street did not exist in the Summersville area. Using the provided cell phone number, Comm. Oper. III Wood called the driver to determine her location. Unfortunately, they had a poor connection and their call ended. Comm. Oper. Wood III began texting the driver using her personal cell phone in order to determine the driver’s approximate location. She then called out Sergeant S. Neal Foster, Troop G, to assist. Comm. Oper. Wood III continued texting until he arrived. The driver was hypothermic and quite frightened. Sergeant Foster took her to a local department store to acquire dry clothing and then transported her to a residence in Mountain View, Missouri.” For her actions Woods was presented with a lifesaving award.

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.