Trumbull minister, state rep., EMS chief honored for prevention work

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From left to right: Reverend Tim Hare, Kiersten Naumann (TPAUD Program Coordinator), EMS Chief Leigh Goodman, Melissa McGarry (TPAUD Project Director) and State Representative David Rutigliano.

From left to right: Reverend Tim Hare, Kiersten Naumann (TPAUD Program Coordinator), EMS Chief Leigh Goodman, Melissa McGarry (TPAUD Project Director) and State Representative David Rutigliano.

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TRUMBULL — A local minister, restaurateur and state representative, and EMS chief have been honored for their commitment to preventing underage substance use and promoting mental health in town.

On Friday, Nov. 18, the Connecticut Association of Prevention Professionals presented Coalition Sector All-Star Awards to the Rev. Tim Hare, EMS Chief Leigh Goodman, and State Rep. David Rutigliano. All three were nominated by TPAUD, Trumbull’s Prevention Partnership, for their efforts in preventing underage substance use and to promote positive mental health in Trumbull.

“TPAUD, as a community coalition, relies on our coalition members and community partners to continually make prevention a priority,” said Kiersten Naumann, TPAUD’s program coordinator in a written statement. “Reverend Hare, Chief Goodman and Representative Rutigliano consistently go above and beyond, providing support for TPAUD’s prevention efforts to provide information, enhance skills, and inform policies around youth substance use. We could not be more proud of them - this recognition is well-deserved.” 

Hare, pastor at Trumbull Congregational Church, was honored for his role as a moderator of the First Selectman’s Youth Advisers Youth Advocating for Youth, a Trumbull-based student organization that serves to amplify youth voices on topics concerning mental health.

Rutigliano, who recently won another term as state representative for the 123rd District, was recognized for closing a loophole in Connecticut’s adult-use cannabis legalization bill, effectively barring billboards advertising the substance along the state’s major highways.

Goodman, who recently announced she was leaving Trumbull EMS to take a new job as EMS coordinator for Bridgeport Hospital's Milford Medical Control Region, received the Healthcare Professionals Sector Award. The award recognized her partnership with The Hub: Behavioral Health Action Organization for Southwestern CT and TPAUD, to pilot a program allowing Trumbull EMS to leave behind a kit including the opioid reversal drug naloxone and information on overdose prevention and community resources, when responding to overdose calls.