BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Connecticut State Troopers Ryan Burke and Willis Gonzalez were honored with the Medal for Lifesaving for their work to keep a man alive in the immediate aftermath of a car crash in Bridgeport.
Burke was working a highway construction project on Aug. 25, 2015, when construction workers informed him of a crash near Exit 5 of Routes 8/25 northbound in Bridgeport.
The vehicle had struck a concrete barrier. When Burke arrived on the scene, the driver was unconscious and slumped across the steering wheel.
After calling for EMS, Burke broke a rear window to pull the driver out of the car and begin performing CPR.
Gonzalez arrived soon after and assisted with CPR until EMS was able to arrive and re-establish the driver's pulse.
The Lifesaving Award is outlined as being "presented to those who save a human life or make a valiant attempt to save a life."
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