|We Make Connecticut Happen|
Local 749 Salutes Life-Saving Members
On June 15, 2016, Williams fell ill and passed out at the Hartford Juvenile Courthouse, where she was monitoring a juvenile awaiting hearing. Gagliardi, a shift supervisor at Hartford Juvenile Detention, responded immediately and found that Williams not breathing and she had no pulse.
Gagliardi began performing CPR on Williams. Burgess, a marshal at the Hartford Juvenile Courthouse, arrived with a defibrillator. Both Gagliardi and Burgess continued CPR until emergency medics arrived and Williams to a local hospital, where she made a full recovery.
Williams and Gagliardi are members of AFSCME Local 749, the union representing 1,600 state Juvenile Branch and Department of Criminal Justice Employees. Burgess is a member of IBPO Local 731, representing state judicial marshals.
On Sept. 15, 2016, Local 749 honored Williams, Gagliardi and Burgess during a regional meeting in Hartford, and presented them with a special plaque of recognition.
“Giovanni, Frankie and Mark are dedicated public servants and union members who never quit, whether it’s protecting the public or helping each other in life-threatening moments,” Local 749 President Chuck DellaRocco said. “We are proud of them and their contributions to the judicial system.”
Pictured, l-r: Local 749 Hartford Region Vice President Dana Beecham-Brown; Local 749 members Giovanni Gagliardi and Frankie Williams; and Local 749 President Charles DellaRocco. Missing from picture is IBPO Local 731 member Mark Burgess.
© American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO. All rights reserved.
Photographs and illustrations, as well as text, cannot be used without permission from AFSCME.