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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.

A father and daughter reflect on their shared experiences as children of police officers
While it is not an easy time to be a police officer in America, there are many reasons why you stay in law enforcement
How Detective Mario Oliveira survived near-fatal injuries aided by the reassuring words of a kind nurse
Country singer Gary Allan is giving away a VIP concert experience to honor fallen Minneapolis Police Officer Jamal Mitchell
“You don’t often hear about everything a police officer does in the course of their shift, but I do, and this is an example of the Miami Township Way,” PD Chief Mike Mills said
Cleveland Police Officer Jamieson Ritter, 27, had just been named Officer of the Month five days before he was shot and killed
“I switched her collar, and it was like Abby knew she was home for good,” the Indianapolis Police Department officer said
Discover how the National Police Athletic League (PAL) is building trust between officers and young people, fostering positive relationships and providing life skills
An officer positioned his cruiser between the mama moose and the floatplane to allow another officer and a man to rescue the calf
In 2018, Columbus Officer Anthony Sebastiano sprinted toward a suicidal juvenile to stop her from jumping off a bridge, saving her life
Officer Anthony Varvaro, a former MLB pitcher, retired from baseball in 2016 to serve with the Port Authority Police Department; he was killed on his way to work in 2022
Detective Ryan So served with Scottsdale PD for 9 years and ended his watch as a member of the Special Assignments Unit
Funaiock discusses her role as a police captain, how SWAT prepared her for leadership and her vision for women’s roles and promotion in law enforcement
Meet Alison Funaiock: Newport News Police Department’s trailblazing captain, former SWAT sniper and community advocate
More than 200 hundred kids and their parents had a chance to learn how to fish while having positive interactions with Wisconsin law enforcement officers
A retired LEO and his son travel across the nation delivering heartfelt “Thank You from America” plaques to those who serve and protect
Officer Armando Dominguez of the Summit Police Department has been awarded the 2024 Floyd Ledbetter National School Resource Officer
Learn how a service dog helps a wildland firefighter and EMT manage her anxiety, interrupt nightmares and perform deep-pressure therapy
Amid the backyard barbecues and price-slashing sales, thousands across the country are remembering their loved ones
In my last week at the police academy, no one had any hope I would pass the NRA bullseye qualification course, that is except for Sergeant Bob Muth
Did Columbus Police Officer Mike Plumb make the best shot ever?
Police officers and LE supporters explain why attending Police Week matters while LEOs stand watch for the fallen at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
Not only does playing the bagpipes relieve stress, it can also bring a much needed sense of purpose
These teams come together to honor the memory of fallen officers and demonstrate their skills in ceremonial duties
In a heartfelt tribute, the Chicago Police Department honored fallen officers Aréanah Preston and Andrés Vásquez-Lasso
Frank Ray, a retired New Mexico police officer and country music recording artist, sang the national anthem and performed poignant musical tributes
During National Police Week, Ray paid his respects to Sgt. James Stanwood Noyes, an officer whose story is marked by bravery and tragic loss
During National Police Week, we caught up with Frank Ray, who now serves as NLEOMF’s honorary Chief Ambassador and advocates for responders’ mental health
This year’s honorees include 118 officers killed in the line of duty in 2023, along with 164 who died in previous years