Firefighter nominated for saving pedestrian hit by car

Fairfield firefighter Erik Kalapir has been nominated for a unit citation following his leadership in helping save a pedestrian’s life in an automobile accident on Jan. 27. The driver of the vehicle has been charged with driving under the influence.

“It’s possible there would have been a different outcome,” Assistant Fire Chief Christopher Tracy said. “Lt. Kalapir gave very clear instructions that resulted in saving a life, at the time of the incident.”

At the time is the key phrase. The unidentified victim of the accident was sent to St. Vincent’s Medical Center, where his condition is unknown. Chad Reck, 21, of Andrassy Avenue could face additional charges dependent on the victim’s condition.

Fairfield police said Reck allegedly struck the victim on Castle Avenue around 1:33 a.m. Police located the car he was driving north of Longfellow Avenue.

Reportedly, Reck’s vehicle hit the victim with enough force that he broke through the windshield. His injuries were severe enough that Kalapir’s leadership and quick reactions were necessary to save his life and get him transported to St. Vincent’s Medical Center.

Reck was not able to pass a field sobriety test to the officer’s satisfaction at the scene of the crime. He was taken into custody and allegedly admitted to drinking at the police station.

Reck was released on a $1,000 bond for a Feb. 5 court date.

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