RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) - Two years after a Rutland City employee and his son were killed in Tropical Storm Irene, swept to their deaths by a raging brook when they went to check on the city water supply, they are being honored for their dedication.
Michael J. Garofano received a rare honor from the New England Water Works Association, which awarded him posthumously with its heroism award.
Raymond Raposa, the association's executive director, also praised the actions of Garofano's son, Michael G. Garofano, who was helping his father during the 2011 storm.
The Rutland Herald reports the water worker's death marked the first time since 1984 that a Rutland employee was killed in the line of duty.
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