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Police Heroes: True Stories of Courage About America's Brave Men, Women, and K-9 Officers Hardcover – November 1, 2002


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Investigative reporter Whitlock (MediScams) switches from his usual subject of crime to crime-busting as he "honors and celebrates members of the law enforcement community who have distinguished themselves and their departments by acting in a courageous manner under extraordinary circumstances." Along with a chapter on police dogs, he recounts the stories of more than 100 officers from two dozen cities. Interwoven throughout is informative background material on techniques employed by various law enforcement organizations. With much material to choose from, Whitlock has selected diverse incidents-a kidnapping, an escalating riot, a child hostage situation, armed robbery, high-speed pursuits, rescues, firefights and burglaries-and captures the action with effective, fast-paced writing punctuated with fascinating facts illuminating little-known aspects of police procedures. Whitlock offers vivid descriptive details on everything from SWAT team gear to a Shreveport bicycle patrol. This book includes a chapter on more than 60 WTC heroes, but the abbreviated profiles seem thin compared to the potent preceding chapters. Nevertheless, those profiles should add to the appeal of this tribute. 85 b&w photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"Snapshots of cops in action. These stories are invariably gripping."--Kirkus

"Whitlock offers vivid descriptive details."--Publishers Weekly

"Solid, highly readable, often chilling."--Statesman Journal (Salem, OR)
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; 1st edition (November 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031228800X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312288006
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,546,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By lm on September 19, 2011
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These true stories uphold the tradition of respect and honor--not only for the police officers/troopers, but for those these men and women vowed to protect and help.

I would love to give an Archangel Michael medal (patron Saint of Police Officers)to each one of them.
They deserve the best.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book has many short stories from the men and women on America's beats. Stories of lifethreatening situations that these men and women dealt with to save lives. Really puts police work into perspective and knowing that things can go bad quickly out there. At the end of the book is a tribute to the officers lost in 9/11.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael OConnor TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
A hero is defined as someone distinguished by exceptional courage, nobility and strength. Though heroes are often thought of in terms of the military, there have been thousands of courageous and noble men and women who have put themselves in harm's way while serving in police departments across America. Dozens of their stories are collected here in Chuck Whitlock's informative, inspiring, and sometimes sad tribute to police heroes.

It could be argued that every police officer is a hero, facing the possibility of death every time they live their house for work. The people chronicled in this book found themselves in such life-and-death situations and how they responded is, at once, inspiring and thought-provoking. Some found themselves in deadly gunfights with drug dealers; others were involved in hostage situations; still others were involved in high-speed pursuits. Several died in the performance of their duties; most survived.

Reading these accounts it is obvious the training these brave men and women received helped them survive those encounters. Often a super-human effort was necessary to triumph against some very deadly opponents. This begs the question: why did they persevere even after sometimes being horribly wounded? Time and again the same answer runs through these accounts - a love for family and community that motivated them to press on in the deadly situations each found themselves in.

Most of the book is given over to 25 accounts of individual or team heroics, each account being 6-8 pages long. The final part of the books consists of capsule summaries of over 60 law enforcement men and women lost in the 9/11 attacks. Whitlock also includes examples of police dog heroics, which I have mixed feelings about. I feel he could have deleted the K-9 sections and fleshed out the 9/11 stories more.

It is a humbling experience to read of these wonderful men and women who risked all. Greater love hath no man than...
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Hansen on July 9, 2011
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My 16 yr old Grandson found this book very entertaining and also interesting. He read the book in about 2 days.
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