A Polish immigrant who lives in Fairfield was honored by his homeland's government for his contributions to Polish culture in the U.S.

In ceremonies at the Polish consulate in New York on Wednesday, Sept. 24, Tomasz Moczerniuk was awarded Poland's Silver Cross of Merit by Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, the consolate said.

Moczerniuk came to the U.S. in 2007 with his wife, Alicja, who is a pediatrician with Pediatric Healthcare Associates in Bridgeport. In Poland, he was a founder of Fundacja Mam Marzenie (I Have a Wish Foundation), which to this date has granted more than 5,500 wishes of children with incurable diseases, he said in a news release.

He and his family moved to Fairfield in 2012, and he has been active in promoting Polish culture in heritage in the tri-state area. Moczerniuk previously worked in advertising and marketing, he said, and is a creative consultant at AMC First in New York City.