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Life Saving Incident

July 14, 2023
Hampden County

On July 14, 2023 Officer Mark Harris of the Wilbraham Police Department, responded to a call regarding two people who had entered a river in an inflatable raft. Because of heavy rains in the area, the department received a call when someone became concerned after seeing the couple enter the waters. Officer Harris located the raft and it's occupants floating near the intersection of two spillways from the nearby hydro dam. When the raft began floating away, the man jumped overboard and attempted to swim and push the raft towards the shoreline. Because of the strong current, the man became entangled in the raft's anchor and was pulled underwater. Officer Harris then decided to risk his own life by entering the dangerous water conditions. He swam out to the couple as the raft was carried downstream. Harris reached the raft and calmed the man down. He assisted his in disentangling the anchor and then assisted in pulling the raft to shore. Due to Harris' quick actions the lives of the couple were removed a life endangering incident. Officer Harris was commended for his bravery and received the life saving medal.

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.