BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — BRIDGEPORT- Bridgeport police officers were honored Sunday by the city, for going above and beyond to save lives.
The officers were recognized for their heroic efforts in two separate incidents.
On February 25th, an officer came across a car on its side and on fire. a woman was trapped inside. Together, the officers were able to flip the car back on its wheels and pull the woman out safely.
"It’s what they train you for to stay cool and collected in stressful circumstances," said Officer James Motasky, who was one of the officers on scene. He says, in the moment all they could think about was getting her out.
"Just trying to help the woman, doing whatever we can to save her. It's not something you’re really trained for in the academy you just go with your instinct and what’s best," he said.
Three officers and a sergeant were also recognized for their work back in September, bringing a man to safety after he had climbed over the barrier on a bridge and was ready to jump.
"When it comes to police work there’s no 'I' in team. You have to work as a team to you know overcome an obstacle and I think that’s what we did that day and we saved a life," said Officer Robert Knapp.
Chief AJ Perez says in both incidents everyone did exactly what they’re trained to do.
"Their training kicks in and they do what they’re trained for. To serve, to protect, the good people of the city of Bridgeport," said Perez.