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Norwalk Officers Help To Guard Obama Along I-95

NORWALK, Conn. – Officer David Nieves was relaxed when a reporter walked up with a camera Monday — but only because President Barack Obama and his entourage had already passed under the Interstate 95 overpass he was guarding in Norwalk.

Nieves was one of about 15 Norwalk police officers assigned to the secretive extra duty detail, a police source said. They were guarding every overpass and I-95 entrance in town. Each spent about four hours on the assignment, including the briefing and the time spent helping to make sure Obama was safe, the source said.

Whether the city will be reimbursed by the Secret Service is questionable, the source said. "We've gotten into fights with Secret Service before," he said.

Nieves was relaxed when The Norwalk Daily Voice approached him on Scribner Avenue but said the reporter couldn't stay. The presidential motorcades had gone by five minutes earlier and was already in Stamford, he said. The southbound side of the highway below him was still devoid of traffic, as state troopers blocked the entrance.

Traffic on the southbound side was still jammed a half-hour later.

Westport police also blocked every I-95 overpass that the motorcade passed. The motorcade included two ambulances, two limousines, a scout car, a utility truck, about seven SUVs, at least five vans and numerous state trooper patrol cars.

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