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    National media likes to take every jab they can at LAPD, but I bet this didn't make the news many places:


    With the public and the press often finding every opportunity to criticize
    officers who pin on the badge, it's nice when the media gives a little
    attention to heroic acts by police officers -- which we all know is a more
    common occurrence then some want to admit.

    Thursday night near 8 p.m., Los Angeles police Officer Thomas Case
    responded to a 911 call to find a 10-year-old autistic girl walking down
    the railroad tracks, as a freight train came barreling dangerously close.

    At a press conference the next day, Officer Case stood next to the little
    girl he saved, and said he just did what any other officer would have
    done. "We knew we couldn't get to the girl prior to the train getting to
    her without driving right down the tracks. So we took the cars and went
    down the tracks. We arrived and snatched her off the track and handed her
    off to (another) officer and his partner here, and they got her as far
    away from the tracks as possible (to keep her from being hit by any debris
    that the train might kick up)," he said.

    Spokesperson Hayley Purece said, Officer Case was the "first to reach the
    individual, and without due regard for the safety of his own life, lunged
    onto the tracks and snatched 10-year-old Alex Diaz only seconds before the
    train would have hit her." It seems that some bystanders had tried to coax
    the little girl off the tracks, but the autistic child was not responding.

    Lt. Horace Frank explained how a quick response was the key to saving the
    little girl. "The 911 call came at 8 p.m. It was dispatched at 8:01 p.m.
    At 8:03 p.m. the first officer arrived on the scene, and at 8:04 p.m. he
    made his way alongside the tracks and got hold of her."

    Apparently the girl's mother, who is a single parent with two other young
    children, was giving her 6-year-old a bath, when she realized that Alex
    was not in the house and that the kitchen's sliding glass door was open --
    which is when she phoned police. But already, by then, another call had
    come in reporting the girl walking down the tracks.

  • #2
    It rated a couple of minutes on the 11:00 news but other than that I heard no mention of it. Not the type of attention the other kind of stories get.

    As far as I am concerned, they are a great bunch of guys.


    • #3
      And its a shame that it will fade away into "forget it" land except by those it affected!

      They are heros!


      • #4
        They rarely report anything GOOD the police do. We had a hero here too tho. Two little girls were swimming at a remote beach when they were caught by a riptide. An officer heard their parents screams and jumped in the water, uniform, gun, shoes and all and saved one of the girls. When he went back for the other one, he couldn't find her. She had drowned. It showed this officer kneeling on his knees crying because he couldn't save her.
        I wrote to him and the sheriff hoping he was commended for his actions. The sheriff wrote me back saying he was going to be but that he was still very distressed the little girl couldn't be saved.
        He truly was a hero!


        • #5
          Every day that a officer pins on that badge and slides his weapon into its holster he is a hero. Every day a officer of the law whether local,county, state, or federal they all do a job that most of us would never dream of. They are the ones who protect us from the crimes They are the ones who willingly put their life on the line in every single call they take. Their main goal in a day is to make it to the end of thier shift and be able to go home to their loved ones. It does not always happen and when it does not another hero is lost to us. It is a daily thing the officer does and as long as he/she does not do anything too embarrassing to the uniform the wear they are safe. You will hardly ever see or hear of the heroic things they do day in and day out but I am sure you will here about that one slip they made and it will be taken for a good ride. I sit here in a safe office listening to those I call my brothers risk their lifes nightly. I feel for them and I hope they all make it through another day. I say this to each and every law enforcement officer officer out there. THANK YOU FOR THE JOB YOU ARE DOING. I hope each and every one of you heros akes it through another day to se your loved ones. HAve a great day guys/gals.

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          • #6

            That reminds me of something a cop smarter than me once said: The only heroic thing you do is take this job, everything else is in the line of duty.


            • #7
              Well, I honestly do think police officers are heroes. You put your lives on the line for people like me. You job is not an easy one and sometimes, you have to deal with the scum of the earth. But you do it because you love it, knowing that your lives are always in danger. That's heroism to me.


              • #8
                I never heard of that.. Nite - where did you clip that article from? I kinda like that reporter!
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                • #9
                  Calibre Press is responsible for the article.


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