Blumenthal honors Bridgeport police chief
The Bridgeport police chief was honored Saturday for his decades of service to the field of law enforcement.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal presented Chief AJ Perez with a senatorial commendation, calling him "one of the greatest police chiefs in Connecticut history."
The senator says he singled out Perez not just for his police work as chief over the past year, but for his decades of service to the community.
Mayor Joe Ganim was also in attendance.
Perez tells News 12 that when he came to Bridgeport from Cuba in 1968, he never dreamed he would rise to a position of prominence in the city.
Perez says he is proud to be the first Cuban-American in New England to rise to the position of police chief and is extremely honored to be recognized for his work.