BRIDGEPORT — A man who was robbed of his Thanksgiving turkey at gunpoint on Thursday morning received a holiday surprise at the hands of a city police officer and the dispatcher who took his emergency call, police said.
The man called 911 Thursday morning and said that he had been walking to a friend’s house with the turkey and stuffing when he was robbed at gunpoint. The robber also took his wallet, police said.
“At first I thought he was joking, but I could hear from his voice that he was serious,” said telecommunications operator Denny Viera.
Officer Daniel Mendez responded and verified the turkey robbery, police said.
Viera wanted to do something, but when she called Stop & Shop there were no turkeys left and by that time it was late in the day to start a turkey cooking.
In the end, Viera and her coworkers chipped in for two turkey dinners from Boston Market, which Mendez picked up and delivered to the victim and his friend, police said.
“When he gave them the meals, Danny said they were the happiest guys on earth,” Viera said.