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Life Saving Incident

January 18,1937
San Diego County
San Diego

On January 18,1937, Matron Mae Belle Veall was on duty in the San Diego Police Department, city jail when a 26 year old female inmate who had been arrested on a narcotics charge began acting erratically and destroying jail property. At one point during the incident the female managed to light herself afire. Matron Veall extinguished the flames however, in doing so she herself sustained burns to her hands. The inmate was rushed to a local hospital where she survived the burns she had sustained. It was determined that's Veall's quick actions saved the inmate'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.