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Westport Lends Bridgeport a Hand

Westport firefighters helped clear a seven-story apartment complex for seniors in Bridgeport Thursday following the storm. There were fears the building would collapse.

It was one of many operations where Westport's emergency responders helped their Bridgeport brethren Thursday. There was a fire and numerous calls for downed power lines and structural damage. Later, Westport's Terex Light Tower was brought in to help with night operations.

Rescue Company 3 and Engine Company 2 were the Westport teams that responded. In addition to the engines, Deputy Chief Jon Gottfried, Fire Marshal Edward Zygmant and Assistant Chief Andy Kingsbury also responded to the call. Kingsbury, who was home at the time, had to navigate through trees that had fallen across the road.

Westport's neighborly response came just days after Gottfried appeared before the Representative Town Meeting to discuss the town's response to the March nor'easter. One of the items he mentioned was purchasing more chainsaws to keep on the engines. They would be used to help clear roads like the ones Kingsbury had to deal with.

Westport wasn't the only town to lend Bridgeport a hand. Wilton, Fairfield, Trumbull, Milford and Shelton all offered assistance.

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