December 26th, 2005 01:53 PM
One brave lady cop
This was a link over on total protection interactive - kenpotex has already seen it.
This is one remarkable example of what mindset and training can do to help save the day, IMO.
Meet Our 2005 Police Officer of the Year. Deputy Sheriff Jennifer Fulford lay bleeding on the floor of the garage. She had been shot 10 times.
'I Wasn't Going To Die There' (Deputy Sheriff Jennifer Fulford)
Published: September 18, 2005
By Larry Smith
Isola Allen, 32, was preparing to drive her son Dextin to school one morning when three men pulled into the driveway, blocking her path. One of them pushed himself into Allen?s van and drove it back into the garage. All three then forced her out of her vehicle and into the family?s home in Pine Hills, Fla.Stranded with his 2-year-old twin sisters in the van, Dextin, 8, reached into his mother?s purse and used her cell phone to call 9-1-1. Orange County Deputies Dwayne Martin and Kevin Curry responded, followed shortly by Deputy Sheriff Jennifer Fulford and a trainee.
Seeing the police outside, the robbers sent Allen to tell them that everything was all right. Instead, she told them her family was under attack.?My babies, my babies!? she cried, pointing toward the van. The three gunmen were alone in the house, with easy access to the adjoining garage. Fulford didn?t hesitate. ?I?m going to try to get the kids,? she said. She walked to the garage, followed by Deputy Martin.?I crouched beside the van, but the doors were locked,? Fulford recalls. ?I began hearing voices from the house, and then I heard three or four shots.? Fulford hit the floor and radioed the call sign ?232?: Shots fired. Seconds later, George Jenkins, 25, appeared behind the van and began shooting at Fulford. ?I was behind the left wheel well, maybe 8 feet away,? she says. ?His first few shots missed me, and I hit him with my Glock .45. He fell back and slid down the wall in a seated position, but he kept firing.?I ducked behind the van,? Fulford continues. ?I sensed movement up front, and there was John Dzibinski. He began firing across the hood.? Dzibinski, 26, hit Fulford in the right knee and in the left ankle, thigh and buttock. ?Bullets were ricocheting everywhere off the concrete floor,? she recalls.
Meanwhile, Jenkins was still firing from against the wall. One of his bullets hit Fulford in the right shoulder?her shooting arm.?I lost feeling and dropped my gun but managed to grab it with my left hand,? she says. ?I knew Dzibinski was still out there.?Jenkins stopped firing and began to moan, but Dzibinski picked up where he?d left off. Fulford hit him twice in the head. Dzibinksi then stumbled out into the driveway, where he shot Deputy Martin in the shoulder. The felon finally collapsed when Martin managed to shoot him in the leg. Still on the floor of the garage, ?I saw blood running out of my sleeve,? Fulford recalls, ?and I felt light-headed. I blacked out for a few secondsand then I heard Kevin [Curry] yelling my name, asking if I was OK. I said, ?No, please help me. Get me the heck out of here.? ?Deputy Fulford was rushed to the hospital and treated for multiple gunshot wounds.
The doctors patched her up fine, Fulford says, though one bullet remains in her left buttock. She also suffered nerve damage in her right arm and is gradually getting the feeling back.The shootout in Pine Hills took place on May 5, 2004. Deputy Fulford returned to active duty less than four months later, on Aug. 30, and she married in September. ?When you go through something like that,? she says, reflecting on her ordeal, ?mindset is really important. I was not going to die in that garage.?Luckily, she explains, ?We had just received training for off-hand shooting. They teach you how to shoot with your weak hand, reload, rack the slide with your gunbelt or your shoe.?Deputy Fulford was carrying a Glock .45, semiautomatic. ?It probably sounded like an automatic that day,? she says. ?I was not thinking about what I was doing, I was just reacting. I?m glad I had that training.?The entire shootout lasted less than 50 seconds. Jenkins died in the garage; Dzibinski died in a hospital eight days later. The third man, Shaun Byrom, then 20, had remained in the house and eventually surrendered.At the crime scene, police found 341 pounds of marijuana and $54,000 in cash.
The suspects had planned to steal the contraband from Isola?s husband, Clinton, who was in Jamaica at the time. Mrs. Allen served two months for marijuana trafficking and agreed to testify against Byrom?who received a life sentence and will be eligible for parole in 10 years?as well as her husband, who is awaiting trial. The children stayed with relatives while their mother was in jail.It wasn?t exactly a happy ending, but Fulford knows it could have been much worse: ?If those men had closed the [garage] door and taken the kids hostage,? she says, ?they probably would have ended up dead.? And how does she feel about having risked her own life to save them??Those kids didn?t choose to be there,? Fulford says. ?I had to do what I could to get them out.?
Deputy Fulford will be honored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and PARADE at the IACP?s convention on Sept. 27 in Miami Beach, Fla.
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December 26th, 2005 04:17 PM
DO NOT put children at risk in my presence. I think my #1 weakness is kids.
Nothing makes me madder than to see a kid in a car, riding down the road, not buckled up. If I was an LEO, THIS would be my most frequent violation. I think I'd carry pictures of kids killed in wrecks to show them. (I wouldn't be able to look at them, though) This seems to be the only way people learn.
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December 26th, 2005 04:22 PM
You have to make the shot when fire is smoking, people are screaming, dogs are barking, kids are crying and sirens are coming.
Ego will kill you. Leave it at home.
December 26th, 2005 08:24 PM
Glad to see these officers get recognized. Every year the stories are interesting.
EOD - Initial success or total failure
December 26th, 2005 08:38 PM
She sure had the Right Attuide Kudos to her..
What im surprised at is it said she shot the one dude twice in the head and he kept going to shoot another officer
December 26th, 2005 09:23 PM
Glad to hear the officer is recovering. Stupid mother , putting her kids at risk in the first place. Gotta wonder why people don't take better care of their little ones. This is a good example 1. wait for backup 2. never give up, even if you have been hit.
December 28th, 2005 07:42 AM
She is definitely a warrior. My only question being that I am not a leo is why not two to the chest of the guy she shot once. This remained in the fight. Secondly, she shot the one guy in the head and he still managed to get off a round into her partner before he died. This goes to show that the caliber wars are really besides the point. The officer fought like a pitpull and quickly went into what she was trained.
Thirdly, that is why it also important to CCW, the mother was just going about her normal routine, and the bad guys sprung the trap. They probably were watching her over a period of time. That is why I posted the vulnerablity post because I realized when I was vulnerable and since have rethought my carrying during those times. If she would have pulled a 642 on them they may have changed their minds eventhough they fought with the officers.
Listen, Think and React.....Nuff Said.....
December 28th, 2005 10:32 AM
Stupid parents, endangering their innocent children with the drug dealing. And a fine, brave officer almost got killed because of it. It must be nice to be complete losers and have someone else mop up your mistakes.
"Americans have the will to resist because you have weapons. If you don't have a gun, freedom of speech has no power." - Yoshimi Ishikawa
December 30th, 2005 09:18 PM
Betty i really dobut if the mother had considered dealing pot or really enabled the drugdealing , sounds to me like another case of the kids paying the real price for parents behavure , not enough info on the dope case to decide tho , kudos to officers involved its a bad situation to be in but sounds like she/they survived it well
January 2nd, 2006 10:40 AM
Deputy Fulford is one Courageous and DAMN tough woman!
It certainly sounds like she chose her profession for the right reasons.
She most definitely has my respect and best wish her a full and speedy recovery!
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