Badge 387: The Story of Jim Simone, America’s Most Decorated by Robert Sberna

By Robert Sberna

For approximately forty years, Jim Simone patrolled Cleveland's second District, a drug-plagued quarter with one of many optimum violent crime charges within the U.S. Nicknamed "Supercop," Simone generated headlines and public curiosity on a scale now not noticeable due to the fact that Eliot Ness hunted for Cleveland's "Torso assassin" within the 1930s.

Simone entered police paintings after serving in Vietnam with the a hundred and first Airborne, the place he earned bronze stars and crimson hearts. As a cop, he by no means shied from probability. He used to be interested in a variety of gun battles, and killed 5 humans within the line of responsibility (all governed justifiable). Notoriously equitable as a cop, Simone used to be extra attracted to doing the fitting factor than honoring the "blue code." 
Badge 387 recounts the courageous exploits that earned Simone countless numbers of commendations. In 1983, whereas looking out a church basement for a gunman, he was once shot within the face. regardless of his wounds, he controlled to shoot his assailant, saving himself and different law enforcement officials. And in 2009, he plunged right into a frigid river to save lots of a girl. Simone used to be Cleveland's "Patrolmen of the 12 months" in 1980 and 2009, the single officer within the city's historical past to obtain the award twice. 

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