Bridgeport first responders recognized for lifesaving acts this year
Two Bridgeport first responders have been recognized for their outstanding heroism in the face of tragedy.
"We go out there and we do our best every day," said Capt. Marcus Dierna, with the Bridgeport Fire Department.
The 40-year-old responds to hundreds of calls every year, but on Feb. 4 he went above and beyond the call.
"It was all about timing, it really was. I was in the right place at the right time," said Dierna.
Dierna spotted Melissa Miller at Perry's Mill Pond in Fairfield. The nearly 8-month pregnant woman went into the freezing cold water to save her dog when Dierna, who was off duty at his home on the pond, came to their rescue.
"I was able to grab a garden hose that I had at my house, and I was able to wrap it around a tree and go in and get her," said Dierna.
Every year on Sept. 11, the Bridgeport Elks honor a Bridgeport firefighter and police officer of the year. This year it was Dierna and Bridgeport Police Sgt. Dave Neary, who responded to a similar type of rescue.
"It was an honor for sure, I was really happy to receive the award," said Dierna.
Bridgeport Fire says it will never forget what Dierna did and is very proud.
"The department and myself couldn't be more happy for Capt. Dierna and his actions," said Chief Lance Edwards, with Bridgeport Fire.
Dierna doesn't consider himself a hero. The 16-year fire veteran says any of his fellow firefighters would have done the same.
"It's really rewarding, for sure," said Dierna.
Police Sgt. Dave Neary was not available for comment.