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The Up-Beat: Top police heroes of November

Our monthly roundup of cops doing good across the nation

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By Police1 Staff

From small gestures of kindness to incredible acts of heroism, police officers help their communities every day. Our monthly news roundup, The Up-Beat, aims to bring greater attention to these inspiring stories.

This month, we’re highlighting a bittersweet reunion, a generous donation and more stories of cops lending a hand. Do you have an uplifting story to share? Email or submit a story using the link below.

1. HERO OF THE MONTH: Officer Gary Wallace

Officer Gary Wallace was off duty and enjoying a Christmas parade with his daughter earlier this month when an SUV plowed through the crowd, killing six and injuring 62. The Franklin Police officer sprang into action. Now, Wallace has reunited with the victims he saved on that tragic day

“It took a lot of ache out of my heart, because I knew at least one person that I tried to help was gonna make it,” Wallace said. FULL STORY

2. Watch: NYPD commissioner helps surprise officer with marriage proposal

An officer thought she was headed to the top cop’s office for an award. Instead, she left with a diamond ring. FULL STORY

3. Deputy carries girl he saw struggling up 30 rows to her seat at football game

When Deputy Hall saw a spectator having trouble, he didn’t hesitate to offer a hand. FULL STORY

4. Kan. PD replaces bike for trusting teen who loaned his to a stranger

This Kansas police department worked some early holiday magic for a young boy who fell prey to a stranger’s false promises. FULL STORY

5. Dramatic video shows officers rescuing woman from sinking car

The shocking video shows officers breaking the windows of a pizza delivery car to get the trapped female driver out safely. FULL STORY

Whether it’s your own story, a colleague’s, a neighboring PD’s, or simply something you saw on the internet, submit your good police news to us HERE for a chance to be featured in The Up-Beat.

Want more hero stories? Check out our Police Heroes page and our roundup of police heroism in 2020.