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Life Saving Incident

November 28, 2021
North Carolina
Haywood County
Maggie Valley

Maggie Valley Police Chief Russ Gilliland recognized Officer Shanna Bellows for her efforts that saved a life. Bellows was on patrol when she received a radio call to respond to a home regarding a woman bleeding. Upon arrival at the home, she could hear a woman calling out for help, but was unable to gain access through the front door. She went to the rear of the house where she was able to enter through the back door, which was open. Following the calls for help, she found a female in the bathroom who had lost a lot of blood. “She used what was available to slow the bleeding and comforted the individual until emergency services arrived,” Gilliland told those at the board meeting. He said her critical thinking and rapid response helped save a life. Bellows has worked for the department for the past two-and-a-half years of service, where she’s earned the reputation for being “very proactive and has our community in mind,” Gilliland said. “Officer Shanna Bellows demonstrates traits of a dedicated, professional and community-minded police officer,” Gilliland said. “She responds to calls for service with confidence, strength and compassion.”

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.