A famous, if cynical, axiom of the news business is “if it bleeds, it leads,” meaning the horrific and sensational gets the greatest news coverage. In police work, officers routinely commit acts of random kindness and devotion to duty, and 99.9% are known to no one but the officer and the recipient. Here are two you, gentle readers, ought to know about. The first, courtesy of Fox News:
In July 2015, 22-month-old Bexley Norvell accidentally swallowed a penny. Her mother, Tammy Norvell, called 911 when she saw her daughter’s lips turning blue. Rowlett police officer Patrick Ray had logged off his patrol car’s computer when a call went out to tend to an unresponsive toddler nearby. Ray clocked back in and raced to the scene, the news station reported.
‘It was the scariest thing to hand her over to somebody I didn’t know, but I put all my faith and all my trust in him that he knew what to do,”’ Norvell told Fox4News.com.
Ray, who has two young sons of his own, began checking for airway blockages until Bexley started breathing again. A body camera reveals him revitalizing her until paramedics arrived.
‘Open your mouth. Open your mouth,’ he can be heard saying in the recording. ‘Thatta girl! Thatta girl!’
An X-ray later revealed she had swallowed a penny. Norvell still does not know where Bexley found it. Later, Ray visited Bexley in the hospital, and Norvell thanked him in a Facebook post.
‘I can’t repay him,’ Norvell told Fox4News.com in 2015. ‘There’s no way. There’s no way.
Oh, but you can, and you did:
That’s the kind of recognition police officers live for.
And while this next story isn’t nearly as emotional, it will leave you saying “thatta girl!” The Washington Post reports:
She was off duty and wearing a bikini but that didn’t stop Swedish police officer Mikaela Kellner from catching a suspected thief.”
‘My first intervention while wearing a bikini during my 11 years as a police officer,’ she wrote on Instagram.”
Kellner and three friends were sunbathing Wednesday in a Stockholm park, a homeless man selling newspapers approached, she told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.
After he left, one friend noticed her phone was missing. Kellner and a fellow police officer gave chase.
Kellner said she didn’t hesitate to make the arrest while wearing a bikini.
‘If I had been naked I would have intervened as well,’ she said.
You go, Girl! It makes my blue heart swell with pride.