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The Up-Beat: Top police heroes of April

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 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

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

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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.

Whether it’s your own story, a colleague’s, a neighboring PD, or simply something you saw on the internet, complete the box below for a chance to be featured on Police1.