|Pictured left to right: Alex Barreira, Matthew Casini, Kate Topazio and Mayor David Cassetti|
ANSONIA - The Ansonia Rotary Club recently presented three of Ansonia’s first responders with Outstanding Service Awards. The annual dinner ceremony took place at Ansonia High School. Mayor David Casetti was on hand to congratulate the awardees, and he joined family, friends and Rotarians in expressing thanks to the men and women of Ansonia’s emergency services.EMT Kate Topazio was chosen by her colleagues at ARMS, Ansonia Rescue Medical Services, to receive the 2016 Rotary Civic Service Recognition Award. She joined ARMS in 2010 after receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Fairfield University. A Charge Nurse in the Emergency Department of Griffin Hospital, Kate was awarded the Mary Schumacher Leadership Award and the Florence Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing in 2014. She averages 80 plus hours a week occasionally in her dual capacities, and her medical training has been a significant asset at ARMS. In one case she recognized a patient going into cardiac arrest and intervened. She is a Field Training Officer and often goes beyond the call of duty, recently joining the EMS Bike Team.
Sergeant Alex Barreira of the Ansonia Police Department was selected as the outstanding police officer for 2016. Alex joined APD in 2004 and was promoted to Sergeant in 2014. He has served with distinction during his ten years. In charge of the K-9 and FTEP programs, he was assigned to a local DEA task force for two years. His other awards include the 2016 US Attorney Award in recognition of his efforts in Operation Fast Lane II, and the departmental Lifesaving Award for resuscitating an unresponsive victim. He is considered a role model and leader by his peers and supervisors.2nd Lieutenant Matthew Casini of Webster Hose Co. received the Ansonia Fire Department Outstanding Service Award. Matthew joined AFD in 2002 and was promoted to his current rank this year. He currently holds five certifications in fire and medical roles, and acts as the company’s training officer. A graduate of Emmett O’Brien High, Matt is employed by Sikorsky Aircraft.
(This is a press release from the Ansonia Rotary Club)