This day in Stamford history: Man rescued from burning SUV
100 years ago
Board of Finance to act on sewage disposal plant
Whether Stamford shall soon have a modern sewage-disposal plant, or shall discontinue the practice of dumping raw sewage in Westcotts Cove, bordering public and private bathing beaches, is now up to the Board of Finance.
The Common Council last night unanimously and enthusiastically adopted a resolution offered by Councilman F. S. Wardwell, chairman of the Sanitation Committee, recommending that the Board of Finance appropriate $225,000 for the purpose of erecting a disposal plant, in accordance with plans and specifications now on file and under the general supervision of the City Engineer. The money would be obtained by bond issue.
50 years ago
40 arrested in area drugs roundup
In what is believed to be the largest join state narcotics crackdown in recent years, and the largest number of arrests in once narcotics raid in Connecticut history, state and local police — in Connecticut and Westchester County — today arrested 110 on narcotics charges.
More than 40 were arrested in Connecticut, four of them in Stamford, and sheriff’s deputies arrested another 71 in nearby Westchester.
In raids in nine Fairfield County communities, police arrested six in Greenwich, once in Darien, 14 in Norwalk, six in Westport, six in Stratford, three in Bridgeport two in Ridgefield, and one in Wilton.
Warrants for 11 additional persons charged with sale and possession of narcotics are outstanding.
The children of several socially prominent families were involved, with most of the persons arrested ranging between 16 and 24 years old, from middle income families or upper-income families. Police reported many were college of high school students.
The narcotics involved, according to authorities, were heroin, hashish, LSD, Speed and amphetamines.
10 years ago
Man rescued from burning SUV in critical condition
A 43-year-old city man was in critical condition Tuesday at Bridgeport Hospital after his SUV hit a parked van Monday night and burst into flames.
At 8 p.m., the Chevy Blazer driven by Javier Rivera hit a 1998 GMC van parked in front of 146 Selleck St., and its wheels caught fire, according to Stamford Police Lt. Sean Cooney.
Police Officer William Mercado, 32, was the first on the scene. He was able to pull Rivera, who also was on fire, from the vehicle after initially being beaten back by flames, Cooney said.
Rivera, of 1 Southfield Ave., suffered burns to his head and upper torso, police said.
Mercado, who was recovering from superficial hand burns at his Stratford home Tuesday, said that he found Rivera unresponsive inside the Blazer. He said heavy smoke inside the SUV made it difficult to see Rivera, but he was able to see his leg.
“I was waving my hands trying to sift through black smoke,” Mercado said.