Five members of the New Haven Police Department were recognized for their heroism Wednesday.
At an event in Stratford, the Police Commissioners Association of Connecticut honored a group including Captain Anthony Duff.
“It’s awesome to see how he pulled through. It’s really a miracle,” said Officer Ramonel Torres of the New Haven Police Department.
Duff was wounded while off-duty after coming across a shooting in New Haven in August.
“There is no such thing as being off-duty when you carry a badge and Captain Duff exhibited that in his actions of trying to intercede and prevent what turned out to be unfortunately a fatal shooting,” said Chip Rubenstein, Police Commissioners Association of Connecticut president.
“It’s quite an honor. I’m humbled,” said Duff.
After being shot three times last month, Duff walked out of Yale New Haven Hospital just 10 days later.
“Thankful that he is here and alive. And he’s doing very, very well. I’m very thankful,” said Mia Duff, his wife.
Also in attendance was three of the four officers who rushed to help Duff and carried him to an ambulance.
“It’s good to see it come full circle. That night Captain Duff wasn’t looking good,” said Officer Joseph Perrotti of the New Haven Police.
“It felt really good to honored. Most importantly to see Captain Duff and the progress he has made,” said Sgt. Shayna Kendall.
As for the captain, he hopes the violence doesn’t change people’s perception of a neighborhood he has strong ties to.
“Do not treat an entire community a certain way based on the actions of one person,” said Duff.
As for the investigation, the hunt is still on for whoever shot Duff and another man, Troy Clark, who died.
Police tell us the case is active and is a priority.