San Diego County
Officer Flores was patrolling the streets of Barrio Logan in San Diego California. He suddenly noticed smoke coming out of an apartment window. He believed the apartment may be on fire and he then began shouting and knocking to warn anyone who may have been inside the apartment. No one answered so he then took it upon himself to enter the apartment which was beginning to fill with smoke. Once inside he noticed a man who appeared to be disoriented and through the smoke saw a second person. The first man told Flores that his 18 year old brother who suffered from Down's syndrome was also in the apartment. Flores removed the first man to the outside and then reentered the apartment. He entered the kitchen area which was now engulfed in flames. He located the brother and removed him to the outside and safety. Flores then entered a third time. Finding no others he exited the building. Both occupants were treated for smoke inhalation. The 18 year old also sustained minor burns to his head and arms. Flores and his partner were both treated for smoke inhalation and released. In 2005 Flores was named San Diego Police Officers Association Officer of the year. In 2006 he was named the Latino Officer of the year.
The history of law enforcement in the United States is a long and wonderful history of bravery. This website is dedicated to documenting the heroic deeds of law enforcement officers throughout the United States who have either given or risked their lives to save others. There are many stories of bravery and heroism for many who are considered first responders. However, it is those in law enforcement who are most likely to be the first to arrive upon a location requiring life saving acts engaging dangerous hostage takers, running into burning buildings/vehicles, providing first aid to seriously injured victims, saving near drowning victims and much more are what the women and men of law enforcement do routinely and at many times, great peril to their own safety.
It is our mission to document the history of lives saved by those dedicated women and men in law enforcement. To share with others the dramatic deeds of those individuals who are the first, first responders. It is so important for our citizens to understand that law "enforcement" is not always about enforcing the law but rather being there when our citizens need us.
It is to this end we are dedicated to promoting documentation regarding the history of law enforcement and the lives they have saved.