Fairfield police officer and firefighter honored
Published 4:23 pm, Thursday, November 17, 2016
FAIRFIELD — Two of the town’s emergency services were honored recently for their community service.
Sudora, a police officer for 26 years, has been involved in the Police Athletic League and is chairman of the Youth Fishing Derby and and the NFL’s Punt, Pass and Kick initiative. In nominating Sudora, Police Chief Gary MacNamara wrote, “In this capacity, Officer Sudora has played a crucial role in education and enforcement which has had a significant impact on our community.”
The fishing derby, and the Punt, Kick and Pass competition, MacNamara said, are a “key element in bringing the youth of our community in direct contact with law enforcement officers in a relaxed and fun-filled setting.”
Rainis, a 22-year veteran of the Fire Department, spearheaded efforts to develop a 501c3 to preserve Ye Yacht Yard, and has taken part in building playgrounds throughout the northeast with the Where Angels Play Foundation. The foundation has built playgrounds in memory of young children who have died, in particular the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy.
He is also a founding officer of the Fairfield Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation. The charitable arm of the fire union, the foundation has raised money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, cancer awareness and treatment, wounded veterans, Rett Syndrome research, and the Connecticut Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital.