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Mild-Mannered Retiree Leaps Into Action

"Is this where you hide your cape?" Lt. Kraig Gray asked retired officer Mark Wilson, the lead dispatcher at the Greenwich Police Department.

"Oh, it's at the cleaners," Wilson said lightly. "I don't like the limelight."

Described by Gray as a "mild-mannered Clark Kent type," Wilson is the Greenwich Police Department's very own Superman. The town native started as an officer in 1978 and became a dispatcher in 1991. He retired in 2005 after 27 years on the force but isn't slowing down yet.

"I'm coming up on my fifth anniversary this week of retirement," said Wilson, who uses the term loosely. "Being a cop for so long though, you want to assist people. It's what you do."

On July 2, a serious car accident happened on North Street just as Wilson went off duty. By chance, he was taking the Merritt Parkway home that day rather than his usual route.

"If I had left here one minute earlier, I would have been in that accident," Wilson said. "As I came around the corner I saw an accident in the middle of the road, so I pulled over to check it out. ... I hadn't seen an accident like that in years."

Wilson found an injured woman in a crumpled Mercedes and helped her to remain semi-conscious until the ambulance arrived.

"She kept wanting to go to sleep," he said. "I couldn't let that happen. It was obvious she had a concussion." According to Gray, the medical professionals said Wilson's quick actions and care was a significant factor in the woman's survival. But Wilson maintains his humble composure.

"At any time, though, he'll whip off those Clark Kent glasses and go save someone," Gray said. "That's just the kind of guy he is."

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