The man working on a house in Annandale last year who caught a burglary suspect during a police chase has received a certificate of appreciation from the Fairfax County Police Department for “superior community service in the interest of public safety.”
Joseph Brygger was installing windows on a house at 7051 Bradley Circle in Broyhill Crest Nov. 13, 2013, when he heard police officers yelling commands at someone to stop and a man running toward him with officers in pursuit.
“Police officers don’t encourage citizens to risk injury or worse to apprehend a wanted suspect, but that’s exactly what Joseph Brygger did. His courage and fearless actions have earned him the Department’s Citizen Award,” the statement continues.
Brygger, a contractor who lives in Locust Grove, Va., was unable to attend the award ceremony in person, so it was mailed to him with a letter of gratitude from Chief of Police Col. Edwin C. Roessler Jr., stating, “Your involvement displays the true meaning of people helping people and proves once again the value of citizen involvement.”
Brygger is still in the home improvement business and has been installing windows and doors for nearly 25 years. “I don’t think I'll be going into law enforcement but if they ever need my assistance they’ve got it,” he says. “Since 9-11, I pay more attention to my surroundings and the need to help out, whether the situation is dangerous or just helping an elderly person across the street.”
“In today’s world, this is something you don’t see much from people, so it’s always a pleasure for me to help,” he says. “I do appreciate and thank Fairfax County Police and citizens for this award. I wasn’t expecting anything at all like this.”