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Fairfield Firefighters In Honor Of Corey Iodice (CT)


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Fairfield firefighters, police make donation in honor of tow truck driver killed on highway




FAIRFIELD — Firefighters in town respond to hundreds of incidents every year on the Merritt Parkway and Interstate 95, but they’re trained well enough not to worry about what they’ll deal with when they get to crash scenes, Lt. Bob Smith said Monday.


Though there are exceptions.


“What I do worry about is the hundreds of vehicles that pass, some at very high rates of speed, without slowing down or moving over,” Smith said Monday. “Others have distracted drivers holding their cellphone out the window trying to get a glimpse and that magical shot they can post on social media.”


Even more of a concern: people who decide to get behind the wheel after drinking.


Like the Weston man who was driving a BMW more than 90 miles per hour on the Merritt on April 22, 2020 when he struck and killed Corey Iodice, a 58-year-old tow truck operator who was loading a disabled car on the shoulder of the road.


In the aftermath of Corey Iodice’s death, his sister, Cindy, founded an organization called Flagman to draw attention to the “Move Over” state law requiring drivers to give a wide berth to emergency workers on roadways.


She and her brother, Chris, who works as a tow truck driver, were joined by firefighters, police, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick Monday to receive a $4,000 contribution — $1,000 apiece from the fire department, police department, and the unions representing firefighters and police officers.


Those gathered at Monday’s event called on drivers to pay more attention.


“We just want to get home after doing our job,” Chris Iodice said. “It’s hard to look over your shoulder when you’re trying to conduct what we’re doing out there.”


Fire Chief Denis McCarthy fondly remembered Corey Iodice Monday, saying that when responding to “difficult, tangled emergency scenes,” firefighters were reassured when he showed up and confident he could deal with whatever challenges came.


“It only takes a second to slow down, move over, pass the accident, and resume travel,” McCarthy said.


First responders park their trucks at crashes to shield accident scenes as much as possible, Smith said, and the vehicles are decked out with lights and reflective striping to alert motorists.


“Tragically, sometimes that’s still not enough,” he said. “It’s time for something to change.”


The driver who killed Corey Iodice was sentenced in May to serve four and a half years in prison. While Blumenthal said no prison sentence would bring him back, he said highlighting the issue might prevent some of the deaths of emergency responders on roads, one of which occurs every 4.65 days.


He said he plans on introducing a “Move Over Resolution” in the Senate this week with bipartisan support to further public awareness.


“It’s very simple: if you see an emergency vehicle, see a tow truck operator, any kind of vehicle that’s trying to help someone on the road, slow down and move over,” Blumenthal said.


“A tow truck operator is just simply doing their job, they’re responding to an emergency, they’re there to help,” Kupchick said. “They shouldn’t have to lose their lives for simply doing their job.”


Fairfield Police Lt. Michael Paris said the department enforces the law by periodically having officers conducting traffic stops monitored by other officers, who can then stop a passing motorist if they don’t follow the law.


Local police departments often receive grants to conduct special crackdowns on things like texting while driving or not wearing a seatbelt. Paris said there are no similar programs for enforcement of the “Move Over” law — yet.


“This is hopefully the start of that,” he said, noting that bad driving in general has been on the rise recently, reflecting national trends.


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in May that preliminary estimates show a 16-year high for traffic fatalities on U.S. highways in 2021.


“We see speeding, we see wrong-way drivers, we see intoxication,” Paris said. “We see these things on an uprise, which is scary, because at one point it was lowering.”




@Flagman Inc.



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Flagman Inc. and Cindy Iodice:


We Stand With You Aug. 2, 2022. TowForce Thanks You for all you do... and I am sure all the towing industry does too.


Securing these federal funds to spread the word like the Seat Belt Awareness Campaigns have successfully secured for numerous years will be a huge success. It would be hard to imagine any of the Senators would not Vote for this Bi-Partisan Bill. May the TowForce be with you.

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Thank you TowForce! Today was a big day for Slow Down Move Over initiatives. Looking forward to hearing back from the senate floor tomorrow. Thank you for the shout out and the support!

#We Stand With Flagman!

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Today 08.02.22 Positive Change will be introduced on the floor of the Senate.


National Slow Down/Move Over Recognition could receive the funding that programs such as Buckle Up/Seat Belt Safety Programs use to spread the word. I know many have wondered why with a Emergency Personnel Struck By Death every 6 to 7 days there have been none of the same programs. This is why and this could all change TODAY.


Add Your Thoughts & Best Wishes Here

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