The Up-Beat: Cops hand out turkeys, LEO helps deliver baby & other good police news

Here's our latest roundup of stories about cops doing good across the nation

By Police1 Staff

From small gestures of kindness to incredible acts of heroism, police officers help their communities every day. The Up-Beat aims to bring greater attention to these positive stories at a time when we could all use some good news.

Check out our latest roundup of inspiring stories from around the country. Got an uplifting story to share? Email

1. NJ officer rescues stranded dog from burning home


On August 16, 2020 emergency responders were dispatched to a residence after receiving reports of an explosion and working structure fire. When Sergeant Brian Phair and Patrolman Travis Sodon arrived smoke was billowing from the first floor. It was quickly determined that the house was unoccupied with the exception of several family pets. Quick thinking, Patrolman Sodon moved scaffolding from the side of the house to a raised second story porch in an effort to rescue a dog which was trapped on the porch. After climbing the scaffolding, Patrolman Sodon realized he was not high enough and needed a chair to stand on. Former Fire Chief Brian Sheehan was able to retrieve a chair from the yard and hand it up to Patrolman Sodon, who then climbed onto the chair and onto the side of the porch and was able reach over the railing, grab the dog and hand it down to good samaritans who stopped to assist. The raised second story porch was at least 15' high as you can see from the video obtained from Patrolman Sodon's body worn camera. Patrolman Sodon risked his personal safety to rescue the dog with assistance from Fire Chief Sheehan, Sergeant Phair, and the good samaritans who stopped to assist. The Firemen were able to quickly extinguish the fire and save the house and another dog was removed from the rear of the house as well. I am happy to share the body worn camera footage from this rescue, as it is a fine example of the extraordinary work that our first responders do on a day in and day out basis. Patrolman Sodon is going to be presented with a meritorious service award at a later date to recognize his daring efforts. Great job by all. Chief Rossbach

Posted by Atlantic Highlands Police Department on Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Officer Travis Sodon used scaffolding and a chair to reach the 15-foot high balcony to rescue the pooch. FULL STORY

2. Miami cop befriends teen who attacked him at BLM protest

Officer Raymon Washington turned a negative into a positive when his attacker asked to meet with him. FULL STORY

3. Idaho sheriff’s office gives out ‘tickets FOR Turkeys’

Tickets for Turkeys 2018

Once again we were able to participate in the annual Tickets for Turkeys, thanks to the kindness of Doug Dvorak and all of those who make it happen. We are grateful for sharing this with everyone over the Thanksgiving Holiday. Enjoy... p.s. turn on the volume and go ahead, put it on full screen....

Posted by Valley County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The agency has given away over 500 turkeys in the annual program. FULL STORY

4. Ark. LEO runs into burning home, saves 2

Officer Carson Howard didn’t hesitate when two people were trapped inside a burning home. FULL STORY

5. Ohio police officer helps deliver baby

Officer Ross helping deliver baby.

THIS WILL BRING A TEAR TO YOUR EYES ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU HEAR THE BABY START CRYING. Nice job Officer Ross in helping deliver a baby 👶 🍼! Most importantly congratulations 🎉🎊 to the Mom and Dad and new baby boy! Great job Mom!!!!

Posted by Richmond Heights Police Department on Wednesday, November 11, 2020

"I didn’t have any training, but I just went with what I knew,” Officer Jonathan Ross said. “I just tried to keep them calm because, obviously, they were pretty nervous and you could tell the mom didn’t know what to do, and the dad really didn’t know what to do.” FULL STORY

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