WASHINGTON DC (November 30, 2021) – The National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum (NLEMM) is pleased to announce the Officer of the Month for November 2021, K-9 Deputy First Class (DFC) Marcus Dawson of the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office (Florida). Dawson managed to rescue a 3-year-old boy from a house fire.
Dawson responded to a house fire call in Flagler County, Florida. After arriving at the scene, a neighbor told him that the house had three occupants, but it appears that there were none. Dawson could see thick black smoke rapidly filling the house and hear dogs barking inside. He started banging on the front door and yelling around the residence. Having received no response, he quickly made his way to the back of the house, continuing to hear the dogs barking. In his attempt to free the dogs from the burning house, Dawson noticed a small boy hiding in fear under a blanket in one of the back bedrooms.
Dawson immediately entered the room and led the child out of the burning house, being assured that no one else was home at the time. The child received immediate medical attention and was not injured.
“We would first like to thank Deputy Dawson for his bravery and courage in taking danger for the good of others,” said Marcia Ferranto, CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. “We are honored to present him with this award and we are grateful for the opportunity to continue to tell the great stories of our US law enforcement.”
The Officer of the Month Award program is sponsored by the Police Unit Tour and recognizes federal, state and local officers who distinguish themselves through exemplary law enforcement service and dedication.
About the national Memorial and museum of the police (NLEMM)
Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring the dead, telling the story of American law enforcement, and making it safer for those who serve. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial (LawMemorial.org) contains the names of 22,611 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout the history of the United States. The National Law Enforcement Museum (LawEnforcementMuseum.org) expands and enriches the relationship between law enforcement and the community by sharing true stories of service and sacrifice across the country. Through immersive and educational exhibits and insightful programming, we are preserving law enforcement history for generations to come.
The Police Unity Tour is a four-day bike ride from New Jersey to Washington, DC, the mission of which is to educate the public about law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty and to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. The Tour is made up of nine chapters made up of nearly 2,600 members nationwide. Since its inception, the Police Unity Tour has donated over $ 30 million to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.