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Troopers Earn Lifesaving Award For Rescuing Driver After Bridgeport Crash

State Troopers Ryan Burke and Willis Gonzalez were honored with the Medal for Lifesaving for their work to keep a male alive in the immediate aftermath of a car accident in Bridgeport.
State Troopers Ryan Burke and Willis Gonzalez were honored with the Medal for Lifesaving for their work to keep a male alive in the immediate aftermath of a car accident in Bridgeport. Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police

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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