Officer Michael Neal of the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission was selected as the NRA 2010 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.
Officer Neal demonstrated extreme bravery under fire on the May 20, 2010. On that day, two West Memphis police officers were gunned down on a traffic stop. Shortly later, the suspects were located by other officers who immediately came under fire and were wounded.
Officer Neal responded to the scene, and without regard for his own safety, used his patrol vehicle to ram the suspect vehicle. Officer Neal then engaged the suspects with his own rifle through the windshield of his vehicle.
Officer Neal was able to withdraw a short distance, exit his vehicle and resume the fight from a better position.
This is raw footage of the incident:
BLUtube is powered by PoliceOne.com
By ramming the suspect vehicle, Officer Neal drew the suspects’ attention from the wounded officers possibly saving their lives. Additionally, the vehicle was moving to escape the scene when Officer Neal arrived. Officer Neal’s actions prevented their escape, which would have put more citizens and officers in danger.
Officer Neal, thank you for your service.
For those not aware, the National Rifle Association offers a great deal of training and other benefits through its Law Enforcement Activities Division. Among the benefits are scholarships for your kids and discounts on bullet resistant vests. You can read more about the LEAD here. Additionally, you can get a NRA Life Membership here.