Thursday, July 07, 2005

To Protect and Serve

Shine your badge, officer!

This lovely little story is about one naughty little man disobeying the gods in blue. We, the humble citizens, are lucky to have such brave policemen to protect us from those who would (gasp) rescue someone else from drowning.
SAN MARCOS - A San Marcos man was arrested after rescuing a swimmer from the swirling waters near a restaurant on the San Marcos River over the weekend.

Police say Dave Newman, 48, disobeyed repeated orders by emergency personnel to leave the water. The police report does not mention Newman's rescue of 35-year-old Abed Duamni of Houston on Sunday afternoon.

"I was amazed," Newman said after getting out of Hays County Law Enforcement Center on $2,000 bail Monday morning. "I had a very uncomfortable night after saving that guy's life. He thanked me for it in front of the police, and then they took me to jail."

After being handcuffed and put in a Texas State University police squad car, Newman was taken to jail and charged with interfering with public duties.

Thank you so much for being there, Mr. Policeman.

I love you!

(Found via Bill St. Clair.)