Chamber of Commerce First Responder Awards

GREENWICH, CT, MARCH 31, 2011: The Greenwich Chamber of Commerce has made a special effort to recognize the Police, Fire & EMS who are sometimes overlooked for the good works they do for the Greenwich community. The Chamber selects an individual from each of the services that has contributed in a way that has changed someone’s life or contributed to enhance the town’s quality of life. The following is a brief description of the acts that were considered in awarding the individuals.

Tommy Huestis
Police Officer
Greenwich Police Department

Post Advisor
Explorer Post 45
2006 – Present

• Volunteers approximately 200 hours a year with an additional 6 days of overnight trips.
• In 2006 initiated a program of attending the Explorer Police Academy. They academy had been available for many years but required a significant increase in the commitment by the coordinator as well as motivation on the part of the Explorers. The Explorer Police Academy is a massive undertaking in which the youths are immersed in the mock police academy run by Coordinators from numerous program across the state. Officer Huestis is the primary Basic Drill and Ceremonies Instructor for Explorer Academy
• In both 2007 and 2008, The Greenwich Explorer Post under Officer Huestis’s direction, won 1st Place at the Northeast Regional Law Enforcement Educational Conference for their outstanding performance.
• Consistently increased the number of active members to current high of 26 members.

Sherry Hoffman
Greenwich Emergency Medical Services

Ms. Hoffman was detailed to work as the GEMS paramedic assigned to the GPD Marine Division on June 26, 2010. At 10:59PM the patrol boat was dispatched for mutual aid into Stamford Harbor for a boat collision. A 31 year old male had run his boat into the breaker wall at high speed.

The patient sustained a major head injury as well as internal bleeding from an injury to his liver. He was treated on scene by Ms. Hoffman and extricated from his boat with the assistance of two GPD officers. He was transported to the Trauma Center at Stamford Hospital where he was able to completely recover from his life threatening injuries.

This excellent outcome is a testimony to the skill and dedication of Ms. Hoffman as she was able to deliver the highest quality of pre-hospital emergency care in a difficult setting. This call is also an example of the superior inter-agency cooperation between GEMS and the Greenwich Police Department, which allows us to deploy the only asset on Long Island Sound with advanced life support capability.

Christopher Moynahan
Greenwich Fire Department

Chris is the organizer of Firefighter’s Local 1042 charity golf
tournament. This event has raised thousands of dollars over the years for charities such as the Connecticut Burn Center, Ronald McDonald House, Firefighter Cancer Support Network, and Fairfield Pediatric Center in Bridgeport.

Chris has brought a new level of enthusiasm to hands on training for our department his initiatives have enhanced firefighter health and safety on and off the fire scene. Chris has also taken a lead role in consolidating equipment and inventories, insuring that equipment repairs and service are completed in timely and efficient manner. The result has been an increase in reliability of equipment combined with cost effective replacement measures. Through Lt. Moynahan’s efforts the Greenwich Fire Department operates in a safer more efficient manner.