The Up-Beat: Top police heroes of April

Our monthly roundup of 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. Our monthly news roundup, The Up-Beat, aims to bring greater attention to these inspiring stories.

This month, we highlight a multi-agency effort to make Easter special, an empathetic traffic stop and more stories of cops lending a hand. Do you have an uplifting story to share? Email or complete the box below.

1. HERO OF THE MONTH: Deputy Rizer

Deputy Rizer of Hillsborough County, Florida, made a huge impact on one man – simply by lending an ear. Rizer had just pulled over a motorcyclist when the traffic stop turned into something much more emotional.

Rizer learned that the motorcyclist had experienced tragedy recently and was having a tough time. The deputy helped him talk through it before letting the rider go with a warning – and the deputy's personal phone number. Great work, deputy! FULL STORY

Rizer Traffic Stop

GOOD NEWS SUNDAY is a MUST READ this week ⬇️ "You're the first person I can actually talk to." While doing proactive patrol for the FDOT Triple L: Listen, Learn and Live Motorcycle Education and Safety Grant, Master Deputy Rizer initiated a traffic stop for an illegal exhaust on a motorcycle. The stop quickly turned into something much more. When Deputy Rizer asked him how he was doing, the rider immediately broke down. The rider explained he just lost a friend in a tragic crash. Deputy Rizer talked for to him for a while to calm him, letting him know not only is it okay to ask for help, but it's important to! "That's a warning for the exhaust," Deputy Rizer said. "And that's my personal cell phone number if you ever need to talk." 👈 This traffic stop is just one example of the positive impact Deputy Rizer strives to make every day in our community. Not only is #teamHCSO lucky to have him, but we are confident when we say #HillsboroughCounty is lucky as well. If you are in crisis, text 741741. The Crisis Text Line is available 24/7 and will connect you with a Crisis Counselor for free. For more free and confidential support, call 1-800-273-8255 if you are in crisis and need to talk to someone. Don't be afraid to ASK FOR HELP or TALK ABOUT IT. ❤️ #BodyCam #MustRead #HCSOmotor #DeputyRizer #FDOT #TripleL #SheriffChadChronister #GoodNewsSunday #HCSOgns #HappySunday #EducatingMotorcyclists #Riders #Crisis #AskForHelp #TalkAboutIt #CrisisTextLine

Posted by Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office on Sunday, April 18, 2021

2. Troopers surprise girl who lost both parents with Easter treats

Three police agencies across three states joined forces to bring Easter joy to a young girl in need. FULL STORY

3. Video: Ga. officers rescue man having a seizure in burning car

Dramatic bodycam showed a team of officers working together for a happy outcome. FULL STORY

4. 'I'm not letting this guy die': Pa. cops on foot patrol save unresponsive man

These Pittsburgh police officers were in the right place at the right time. FULL STORY

5. Pa. cops, paramedic honored for saving crash victim while on vacation

Four first responders were kicking back and relaxing when they saw a motorcycle slide down the street. The three police officers and paramedic saw that the rider's leg had been severed in the crash and jumped into action to save his life. FULL STORY


Life Saving while on vacation! Officer Fatland and his wife Meagan were with Officer Mitchell and Officer Rob Miller on...

Posted by York Area Regional Police Dept. on Monday, April 12, 2021

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Police officer rescues woman from burning home in NY

Officer Robert Simon ran into a burning home on Long Island to carry the resident to safety. FULL STORY


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

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