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Police heroes come in many forms. On the Police Heroes topic page, we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the mission to protect their communities.

Law enforcement agencies nationwide highlight the courage, dedication and achievements of Black officers, reinforcing a commitment to diversity and inclusion
From officers explaining why they love their community to images of K-9 officers adorned with flowers, these posts are a mix of professionalism and festive spirit
At just 18 years old, Donnie was controlling a chaotic murder scene while others his age were still struggling to control their acne
Before swearing in Ethan, 5, Tarrytown Police Department officers purchased a tiny uniform and took it to a local tailor to have patches added to the sleeves
Winthrop Police Department Officer Robert Jaworski is credited with saving the life of baby Savannah after he delivered back blows to clear her airways
“When you hear the screams, it’s something in you. You can’t just disregard that and wait for fire, so we went up,” Officer Vincenzo Rallo said
Trooper First Class Chase Redner had been with the Georgia State Patrol since graduating from the academy in 2017
“We need more armor. Do we have a fire truck? We need a firetruck or something parked out in front of this house, we’re all pinned down,” an officer radios
The motorcyclist was killed by the impact, a Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office deputy administered CPR on the unconscious 6-month-old baby until medics arrived
Burnsville officers Paul Elmstrand and Matthew Ruge, both 27, were fatally shot; Firefighter/Paramedic Adam Finseth, 40, was fatally shot as he provided aid to an injured officer
Sgt. Nevada Krinkee was a 6-year veteran of the Sheridan Police Department
Deputy Greg McCowan was killed and Deputy Shelby Eggers was shot in the leg; the suspect remains at large
“I’m glad that I was at the right place at the right time. Like I said, that’s what we’re here to do,” Officer Chad Stevens said. “It’s different every day. It keeps you on your toes”
K-9 Sledge survived the stab to the jugular vein and blood loss, and he is expected to make a full recovery, Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety said
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department Officer Richard Louis Ruiz, Sr., 68, was assigned to search and rescue efforts following the 9/11 terror attacks
“[Chief Deputy Ken Prorok] was a husband, father, grandfather, and well-respected leader in his community,” South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley said
Officer Gabriel Torres, 29, was one of five people shot and killed on Oct. 13, 2022; he had been with the Raleigh Police Department for 18 months
Trooper Zachary Fink, 26, had served with the Florida Highway Patrol for three years
Deputy Emaloni Takitoa Lutui, 20, helped the woman out of the water before he sank beneath the ice; he had become a deputy just weeks before the incident
Sgt. Christopher Philip Rock served the New York State Police for 26 years
Officer Michael Cain Maxheimer, 39, had served in law enforcement for 16 years; he is survived by his girlfriend and three daughters
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Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Mary Lu tracked the child’s scent to a locked park bathroom, where she was found safe
Officer Jacob Noriega climbed in with the critically injured faculty member and applied pressure to his wounds, while Officer Ty Vesperas drove the cruiser to an ambulance a few blocks away
Officer Joe Schumaker fell through the ice himself, but was still able to save the boy
Trooper Joel Popp joined the Michigan State Police in 2020; he is survived by his wife and young daughter
“Having experienced something like this less than six months on the force is definitely something I’m proud of, and again, I just thank God I was able to perform in the moment,” Officer Soren Osicka said
Officer Troy Ellison showed no hesitation when he arrived at the scene and quickly got the boy to safety
“As the chief I am very proud of my officers for taking this call to action with using their training and teamwork to help bring a beautiful little girl, Millie, into this world,” Sparta Police Chief Jeffery McCarrick said
“I’m profoundly grateful for the department and the community. I love you guys,” Sgt. Elliot Anthony said, adding that he was trying not to cry