Letter: Heroes among us

To the Editors:
On Nov. 23, 2016, once again the Wilton Police Department demonstrated all of the heroic traditions of our police department.
When Sgts. Gregg Phillipson and Dave Hartman heroically charged into danger to rescue a motorist from a burning car with total disregard for their own safety, they once again proved there are heroes among us every day.
The newest act of bravery on Nov. 23 once again makes all of us very proud here in Wilton of the fine officers that serve our community. This event made international news. The dash cam video played all over the world.
In this day and age when there is so much negative rhetoric (no one here in Wilton that I know of supports that negativity) it is gratifying to know that our Wilton Police Department still shines above it all protecting and serving our community with pride and distinction.
Deceased Sgt. T.J. Tunney, who served our community and performed heroic acts himself for decades, must be looking down today with such pride and satisfaction in that the tradition continues.
I am a long-time resident and remember some of our heroes from the past. Sgt. Tony Santora single-handedly apprehended a fleeing bank robber. Sgt. Wayne Dengler, while out of state, single-handedly stopped a carjacking.
The one thing that every hero I have ever met (I have met many) had in common is that they always claim to not be a hero when they are praised for their heroic deeds.
Thank you to those two sergeants and the rest of the fine officers who serve our community and keep us safe every day.
Dean A. Price
Wilton, Dec. 13