The Up-Beat: Top police heroes of August

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 daring underground rescue, quiet acts of kindness and more stories of cops lending a hand. Do you have an uplifting story to share? Email editor@police1.com or submit a story using the link below.

1. HERO OF THE MONTH: Officer LUDIN Lopez

Officer Lopez made headlines for a daring rescue that had an entire subway platform on the edge of their seats. When a man lost consciousness and fell onto the tracks, Lopez didn't hesitate.

With seconds to spare, Lopez and a good Samaritan pushed the man back onto the platform. Cellphone video shows the train barreling into the station just as Lopez is helped back onto the platform to a round of applause. Great work, officer! FULL STORY

2. Photo of Detroit cop helping man with tie at courthouse goes viral

A Detroit officer’s quiet act of kindness didn't go unnoticed. Cpl. Eric O'Neal happened to be at the courthouse for a training exam when he encountered a young man who needed a hand. FULL STORY

3. Utah police officer replaces boy’s stolen bike on his own dime

Officer Dan Johnson said he knew exactly how the boy was feeling, having had a bike stolen as a kid himself. FULL STORY

4. Watch: Atlanta officer gives brand-new shoes to man in need

Officer Thomas had bought the shoes months earlier for a moment just like this. Later, while working her second job, Thomas saw a barefoot man and knew she could help. FULL STORY

5. Las Vegas cops escort fallen officer’s son, 9, to first day of school

This was the first year that Noah Swanger’s father couldn’t walk him to class on the first day of school. But the 9-year-old wasn’t alone. FULL STORY

Whether it’s your own story, a colleague’s, a neighboring PD’s, or simply something you saw on the internet, submit your good police news to us HERE for a chance to be featured in The Up-Beat.

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

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