NEW CANAAN, Conn. —The New Canaan Police Department gave out its Police Cross to officers Friday for the first time in more than 20 years.
Officers Daniel Gulino, Scott Humberg and Michael O’Sullivan received the award when they responded to a fire to a New Canaan home this past April. During the incident they entered the home looking for a woman who was reportedly trapped inside, but turned out not to be there.
All three were sent to the hospital for smoke inhalation and other physical injuries. The Police Cross is given to officers who put their lives on the line to save others.
“The requirements of this reward were more than demonstrated this night,” Lt. David Ferris said during Friday’s award ceremony.
Officers Gulino, O’Sullivan, and Rex Sprosta were also honored with the Medical Service Award for stopping a New Canaan man from stabbing himself with a knife, and were able to get him to the hospital for treatment this past January. They may also be recognized by TASER International with the John H. Cover Life Saver Medal, for using their TASERs to prevent the man from harming himself, Ferris said.
Interim Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said he expects there to be more ceremonies like the one Friday to honor the officers that risk their lives every day.
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