Twice a year, the Connecticut State Police honors Troopers who demonstrate bravery and outstanding service in the line of duty. The ceremony also honors men and women serving in local and federal law enforcement agencies, those serving as first responders, and civilians. Award winners received medals and certificates from Commissioner Reuben F. Bradford and State Police Colonel Danny R. Stebbins.
Martin Martinez, Sergeant Wilfred Blanchette, Trooper First Class Timothy Bentley, East Lyme Officer Lyndsay Cutillo, Mr. Noah Enslow
On June 18, 2013, Troop F initiated a pursuit with a vehicle reportedly stolen from Old Saybrook. The pursuit started on Interstate 95 and traveled through Old Lyme and East Lyme, then onto Route 161 into Montville. At the intersection of Routes 161 and 85, the stolen vehicle traveled at a high rate of speed. It struck a propane truck broadside, causing the propane truck to overturn, leave the travel portion of the roadway and come to rest upside down in a body of water with the operator still trapped inside.
Arriving Troopers and Officers were able to apprehend the operator of the stolen vehicle after a brief skirmish. Seconds later, realizing the operator of the propane truck was submerged under water, Sgt. Martinez, Sgt. Blanchette, Trooper Bentley, Officer Cutillo and civilian Noah Enslow turned their attention to the propane truck.
They entered the water and began lifesaving extrication efforts to free the submerged victim from inside of the vehicle. They lifted the operator’s head above water and seconds later, although unconscious, he began to breathe on his own. As the operator was pinned inside the truck due to significant damage, the involved personnel struggled to keep the victim’s head above water while attempting to remove him from the vehicle. After a valiant effort, the victim was freed from the overturned truck and EMS personnel arrived to continue lifesaving efforts.The efforts of all involved saved the life of this innocent victim. Sgt. Martinez, Sgt. Blanchette, Trooper Bentley and Officer Cutillo earned the Medal for Lifesaving; Mr. Enslow received the Commissioner’s Recognition