CHESHIRE — Five officers and two dispatchers were recognized for their actions during an officer-involved shooting earlier this year.
Lt. Michael Durkee and officers Michael Aquilino and Vincent Nastri received a Medal of Honor from the department in a ceremony Tuesday night. Officers Shawn Patterson and Alysha Pirog were awarded a Medal of Bravery and dispatchers Sharon Imbert and Ron Henri received a distinguished service award.
In June, police responded to Fairway Drive for a report of a domestic disturbance. Cameron Pernin, 29, barricaded himself inside his residence, and when police arrived, Pernin walked outside wearing a bullet-resistant vest and fired at officers.
Aquilino, Nastri and Durkee returned fire, striking Pernin in the left hand. After being struck, Pernin barricaded himself inside again, surrendering minutes later. He was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
No officers were injured. A woman and an infant involved in the domestic incident safely escaped the home before shots were fired.
“I was tremendously proud of them and I am humbled to be the chief,” Police Chief Neil Dryfe said on Friday.
Cheshire police, like all officers around the state, receive training throughout the year that prepares them for life-and-death situations, Dryfe said.
Durkee, who was the on-scene supervisor, credited the dispatchers for gathering information and relaying it to the officers.
He added the resolution to the incident is a testament to the training the officers and all staff receive.
Nastri said it is an honor to be recognized by his supervisors and peers and noted incidents like this are very rare.
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