Life Saving Incident
September 30, 1940
San Diego County
Patrolman Joseph R. Kokesh, a police hospital steward was "commended for outstanding work" in saving the life of a newborn baby announced Police Chief Clifford E. Peterson. "Kokesh worked for three hours overtime with a resusitator and the infant, twice pronounced dead by physicians, now is alive. Kokesh was given an extra day off in recognition of his service said Chief Peterson". (From a 1940's news article)
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.