BRIDGEPORT - A Purple Heart medal awarded for injuries sustained during World War II was returned today to the family of a Bridgeport man after it was lost nearly a decade ago.

The family of William Bigda, who died in 1993, believes that the medal was stolen from the house during a burglary. The medal was found at the Bridgeport post office, sitting in a bin. Postal workers believe that it was dumped into a mailbox several weeks ago.

Bigda's widow, Patricia Bigda, says that she will give the Purple Heart to her grandson, Brian Webster.