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Norwalk, CT | Added on June 17, 2014 At 04:46 PM

Two Brien McMahon High School seniors now share a bond after their actions during one Saturday night in May.

"I applaud what you did. I thank you for what you've done because your actions quite frankly in my mind, saved the lives of at least two individuals," said Mayor Harry Rilling.

It was here on Fillow Street and Steppingstone Road on May 10th where a rollover accident set one car on fire and sent a number of Brien McMahon High School students to Norwalk Hospital with injuries.

"It was like a movie. That is what I thought when the car caught on fire because every car in a movie blows up. I said oh my god we have to get back...this is not happening," said Dominique D'Antonio, a senior at Brien McMahon who was one of three students who helped her fellow classmates after the accident.

"It didn't really hit me until afterwards and I said to myself "oh my gosh, that just really happened," said Kaylee Maguire, a senior at Brien McMahon who was also at the scene of the accident.

Tuesday afternoon, Kaylee Maguire and Dominique D'Antonio were honored with Civilian Awards from the Norwalk Police Department and the City for their actions the night of the rollover.

"There were 9 people in the car," said Norwalk Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik. "Most of them exited the vehicle themselves, but two did not. Kaylee, Dominique and Michael located them, one in the trunk or in the back in the car. The car had started to catch fire but they still responded and helped remove them and then cared for them on the lawn."

"It means a lot that people recognize that it was a good thing but to me it was just the right thing to do," said Maguire.

"It's all kind of still shocking to me. It didn't seem like that big of a deal but it really shows me that people do notice things and if you do something good, someone will notice," added D'Antonio.

The seniors say they did what they had to do for their friends in the car.

D'Antonio said, "It was shock. I don't know how to explain but you knew you had to do something because you knew the people in the car. "

"For me it's kind of awkward getting so much attention for something like that because they are people that I know. I know everyone reacts in different ways, but I think it's something anyone should want to do to help someone out, added Maquire.

Michael Umpierre was also recognized but was unable to attending the Police Commissioners meeting where the awards were being presented.

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