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Life Saving Incident

January 6 2024
Washington DC
Washington County
Washington DC

On January 6, 2024 Officer Boyle of Metropolitan Police Dept. and Officer Wulf Sutcliffe of the United States Capitol Police responded to a radio call regarding an individual who was reportedly going to jump off of the Hopscotch Bridge. When they arrived they observed a man straddling the bridge railing with a cable tied around his neck. One end of the cable was attached to the bridge railing. It appeared that the man intended to hang himself from the bridge. Officers Boyle and Sutcliffe approached the man. Officer Sutcliffe began speaking with the man while Boyle positioned himself nearby so that he might be able to grab the man if needed. After some time the man was persuaded to not hang himself due to the efforts of the officers. Both Officers were awarded life saving medals by Metropolitan Police Chief Pamela Smith. She stated that our officers work with Capitol Police on many calls. The teamwork shown by these officers is a fine example of our collaboration between both agencies. "I am grateful for the quick thinking, humanity and heroic actions that helped save this man's life".

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.