Brookline officer recognized by Boston Celtics for being a hero, saving the life of a stranger


BROOKLINE, MA –Brookline Police Officer Sean Williams was recently honored by the Boston Celtics as a “Hero Among Us”, for saving the life of a person suffering from a heart attack. 

In April, a grocery store worker was getting onto a bus, and heading toward work around 9:30am.  While on the ride to the store, the worker started having what appeared to be a heart attack.

The bus driver was notified, and pulled up to two police officers he saw on Pearl Street to ask for help.  As the bus driver opened the doors, the officers could see the man lying on the floor of the bus. 

Brookline Officers Sean Williams, and Evans Alfred immediately rushed to the man to help him.  Officer Alfred called for medical EMS to respond.  Shortly after the request was made, firefighters responded with a defibrillator, which was used to analyze the rhythm of the heart, and shock it to get it back into an effective pattern.

As this was being done, Officer Williams began CPR on the man who had no pulse at the time.  Through his efforts, the man regained a pulse, and was rushed by ambulance to the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. 

A day after the incident, Lieutenant Jen Paster, a spokeswoman for the Brookline Police Department said in an email to Patch:

“Our entire department is proud of, but not surprise by, the bravery, skill set and teamwork displayed by the officers involved on yesterday’s call. 

“If you ask them they will likely tell you they were just doing their jobs, and to a certain extent they are correct, but it takes a special kind of person to be able to switch modes so quickly -from monitoring cars in traffic to recognizing and responding to a person in cardiac arrest.” 

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This is not the first time Williams has been recognized for his good work.  In 2017, he was awarded a Commendation Medal after receiving five other commendations for excellent police work.  That same year, he was also recognized as being a police officer with compassion.

Former Brookline Police Chief Dan O’Leary said that police had received a report of a woman who had been beaten and robbed by a family member.  Williams was dispatched and found an 88-year-old woman on the floor injured. 

Williams provided medical care to the elderly woman until medics could arrive, but, he also stayed with her while she was being attend to by EMS.  He then took her to court when it came time to present her case, and ensured she had counseling to help her through her time of trouble. 

Since 1997, the Boston Celtics have had the “Heroes Among Us” program, which has recognized the people who go above and beyond what is necessary to help their community.  The Celtics normally present this award at every home game, in order to pay tribute to those people who are being recognized. 

Officers going above and beyond to save lives is nothing new.  In July, LET reported on an incident in Memphis when Officer Chris Williams was there to help Quiezell Johnson, and save his life after he had been shot. 

Williams was dispatched to a shooting and found Johnson with a gunshot wound to his neck and foot.  Quickly assessing the situation, Williams utilized a tourniquet on the neck wound and was able to stop the bleeding. 

If it had not been for quick thinking, and having the tourniquet available, Johnson would most likely have died right there at the scene.  Johnson told WMC5, “I wanna be thankful, but like he told me, once your life gets saved, you save other lives.” 

Stories like these go to show that the current attitude of all police officers being racist and wanting to do violence to people of color is nothing more than a lie.  Neither hero officer had to do anything to save anyone, yet, when it was needed, they both, like all officers, stepped up to the plate.

In the meantime in Auburn, Washington, a group of teens is being credited with saving the life of a police officer.

Five teens were awarded the “Medal of Heroism” this past Monday and labeled “Good Samaritans.” They are identified as Darrell Swilley, 16, Isaiha Sansaver, 17, Tyran Powell, 18, Kai Tavares, 18, and Dominic Sansaver, 19.

King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht and Auburn Police Chief Daniel O’Neil presented the five heroes with the KCSO “Medal of Heroism” award. KCSO said:

“The award was established by Sheriff Johanknecht to honor community members who do extraordinary things.”

This award has been presented only one other time prior to Monday night. Sheriff Johanknecht told the five hero teens that she and Deputy Elliott believe that she could have been killed in this horrible attack if they hadn’t stepped in, as reported by KOMO News.

At the award ceremony Sheriff Johanknecht said:

“On her behalf, I have to thank you. She believes, and I believe had you not been there for her on this day, she might not be alive.”

The KCSO said:

“We can’t thank these five men enough. They are true heroes.”

The incident took place on July 18 around 1 a.m., when KCSO Deputy Elliott attempted to assist a citizen who was attempting to get her attention near the East Valley Access Road, as reported by KCSO on their Facebook post. Deputy Elliot was off duty and headed home in her marked police cruiser.

The witness who flagged her down stated “an intoxicated male just caused a multiple vehicle collision.”

Deputy Elliot checked the vehicle crash victims for injuries, a female driver involved in the collision told her that the suspect was attempting to walk away from the scene. KCSO said:

“Deputy Elliott called out to the male to stop, but he kept trying to stumble away from her.”

Deputy Elliott grabbed him after running up to him. She told him: “He was not free to lave and was being detained.” KCSO stated the man “turned around in a fighting stance with his arms up in the air.”

Deputy Elliott was able to grapple the man to the ground during the struggle and called for help using her radio. The man then wrapped his arm around the deputy’s neck. KCSO said:

“He put her in a headlock and began squeezing.”

Deputy Elliott remained conscious as she fought to save her life. She was not able to break free from the suspect’s headlock. She then heard a group of several men yelling “get off of her.”

The five males jumped in and freed the deputy from the suspect’s headlock. The five men assisted Deputy Elliott in handcuffing the man by holding his shoulders and legs to the ground.

A couple citizens commented on the posting:

“Thank you young people, and thank you King County Sheriff’s office. You liberal leftisys out there. This is just a minute sample of the silent majority. You are and always will be the minority.”

(You can see it in thread of the Facebook post)

“God BLESS these 5 YOUNG MEN, who saw a need and flew into action, and GOD BLESS their parents who are raising the best KIDLETS I’ve seen in a very long time.

We are still ONE NATION UNDER GOD, with some of the BEST this NATION has ever had. Thanks too, to MS ELLIOT, (the off-duty sheriff that stopped to help out, b/c there was a need.)”

Deputy Elliott suffered some minor bruising and scrapes from the assault and was not severely injured. The man was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) and felony assault of an officer.

He also had outstanding warrants for another driving under the influence charge including driving with a suspended license (DWLS1) and failing to have an ignition interlock. He was booked into the jail by Auburn Police.

Deputy Elliott and the five males shared a group hug after the incident was cleared.  ]]

The KCSO hailed the five individuals as heroes for racing to the aid of Deputy Elliott. The KCSO said:
“We cannot thank these five young men enough for coming to Deputy Elliott’s rescue. They quite possibly saved her life. Moms and Dads, you should be proud of these kids!”

He saved the newborn’s life. Now this South Carolina deputy has been named the baby girl’s godfather.

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC – One year ago, on June 11, Berkeley County Sheriff’s Deputy William Kimbro pulled over a speeding car. When he approached the vehicle, he saw an upset mother holding her 12-day-old newborn, who had stopped breathing, according to KCTV News 5.

The mother told the deputy that the baby stopped breathing after drinking a bottle, so Kimbro took the baby’s limp and cyanotic (turning blue) body, found a pulse and immediately performed lifesaving first aid.

Kimbro’s body camera captured what he did and said:

“Come on, baby. Cry for me. Cry for me. Come on, open those eyes, sweetheart. There you go!”

After a few tense minutes, he was able to get the baby to breathe again until EMS could arrive.

Baby Ryleigh made a full recovery, but the story does not end there.

Sheriff Duane Lewis awarded Kimbro with a Life-Saving Medal for his heroic actions last year, and the officer kept in touch with Ryleigh’s family.

Then, on the one-year anniversary of saving the baby’s life, Kimbro received a surprise visit from Ryleigh and her mother. They had stopped by the officer’s home to invite him to her first birthday party.

He opened the invitation and discovered a hidden message.

He said:

“My jaw just dropped, and I had this look on my face.

“I was able to finally scratch it off, it says ‘will you be my godfather’ and I said ‘absolutely.”

Kimbro recalled emotionally:

“I said, ‘You got to be kidding me.’ I said, ‘Y’all got me, y’all got me.’ It surprised me. And, they’re like, ‘Yes, we did.’” 

Ryleigh’s mother expressed how the two families were bonded:

“I want him to feel like we’re family, which we are family. I felt like I had to give him a title, let him know, ‘Hey, thank you, thank you so much.'”

She noting that the deputy will be a part of her heart forever.

For his part, Kimbro does not want to be considered a hero as he was simply in the right place at the right time.

Kimbro said:

“I always asked myself, ‘What was the reason I actually went down that street?’ Because there were five, six, seven other streets I could have gone down. You know what, as the saying goes, God works in mysterious ways.”


Law Enforcement Today has recently brought you another story where people are seeking to honor the police. Here it is again in case you missed it.

Editor note: When searching for mainstream media coverage of the Back the Blue rally, we found very little.  Much of the footage we found referred to participants as “counter protesters.” Sadly, that didn’t come as a surprise to us.

Let’s make sure to circulate images that the media seems to conveniently ignore.

TAMPA, FL – A different kind of rally took place on Saturday in Tampa, this time in support of law enforcement.

The event was planned in order to show some much needed support to police in the area. There seem to be events like this planned on different days all over the area.

Brookline officer recognized by Boston Celtics for being a hero, saving the life of a stranger
Facebook screen grab of Back the Blue event

It was reported that there were a few clashes with Black Lives Matter protesters, but overall it went well and was safely done.

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Facebook screen grab of Back the Blue event

The event started at 11am in front of the police department at 4001 W. Tampa Bay Blvd. They marched to the intersection of intersection of Dale Mabry Highway, where they apparently ran into Black Lives Matter protesters. 

Authorities said that the groups became loud and tried to “outshout” each other, but there was thankfully no physical violence between the groups. 

Brookline officer recognized by Boston Celtics for being a hero, saving the life of a stranger
Facebook screen grab of Back the Blue event

The Back the Blue protesters reported the positive and supportive atmosphere among their group.

Next Saturday, another Back the Blue rally is scheduled for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Officer at 10750 Ulmerton Rd in Largo.

Brookline officer recognized by Boston Celtics for being a hero, saving the life of a stranger
Facebook screen grab of Back the Blue event

The event description for that day is:

“Our one and only mission is to show the wonderful law enforcement officers that we support them, and that we are thankful and grateful for what they do.

“We are trying to get everyone together in different counties to show their support at the same time. We have Pasco county involved too. We would love everyone to get together in front of their local Law Enforcement Department, and show the Law Enforcement Officers our support. We will be updating what counties will be involved in this event.

Brookline officer recognized by Boston Celtics for being a hero, saving the life of a stranger
Facebook screen grab of Back the Blue event

“This is a ‘Rally of support!’ Not a protest.

“If you have any questions please feel to contact an administrator of this page. We will be adding more administrators as more counties become involved.

Brookline officer recognized by Boston Celtics for being a hero, saving the life of a stranger
Facebook screen grab of Back the Blue event

“Thank you for your support for Law Enforcement.”

With how dangerous and violent the likes of Black Lives Matter and Antifa have shown themselves to be, and obviously with how anti-police they are, this large group of people coming together to support the men and women of law enforcement is no small show of love.

Brookline officer recognized by Boston Celtics for being a hero, saving the life of a stranger
Facebook screen grab from Back the Blue event


In Washington DC, another Back the Blue event was held. There, people marched from the National Mall to the law enforcement memorial, which is meant to honor those who lost their lives in the line of duty, and which was vandalized by rioters.

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A black man lead the pack for that march, saying on a loudspeaker that President Trump has “bent over backwards” for the black community, and said he does not support Black Lives Matter, as he says they are a hate group and are “just like Antifa.” 

The man also declared to white liberals:

“You are a black man’s worst enemy.”

He said white liberals encourage black people to terrorize and destroy their own neighborhoods.

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Thanks to everyone who attended or sent prayers for our heroes in blue!

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