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Marine From Fairfield County Awarded For Saving Toddler

A Marine from Bridgeport received a special commendation for saving a toddler following a vehicle crash.
A Marine from Bridgeport received a special commendation for saving a toddler following a vehicle crash. Photo Credit: Warrant Officer Bryan Nygaard and Lance Cpl. Chelsi Woodman

A Fairfield County marine has been recognized for her heroic service saving a toddler following a vehicle crash.

Lance Cpl. Alyssa David, a native of Bridgeport, was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for heroic service during a ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, on Friday, Jan. 22, according to the Department of Defense.

David serves as a maintenance administrative specialist at Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 167. 

On the night of Friday, Sept. 25, David came upon the scene of a vehicle collision where a tractor-trailer struck a truck along Kingston Highway in Jacksonville, North Carolina, the DOD said.

She immediately took charge of the scene, directed bystanders to call 911, and was able to triage and extract a toddler from the backseat of the car.

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