Connecticut Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation

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Honoring the brave law enforcement officers of Connecticut who have lost their life in the line of duty.

The mission of the Connecticut Police Chiefs’ Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation is to honor all of the brave men and women of the Connecticut law enforcement community that have lost their lives while serving their in respective law enforcement agencies. We will never forget them and will always make ourselves available to their survivors in remembering them.


Jorge Agosto »

Trooper

State

CT State Police

End of Watch: 11/22/1989

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Trooper Agosto, age 27, of Litchfield, was a two-year veteran of Troop L, but was working with the Traffic Squad because of Thanksgiving holiday traffic when he was struck and killed on I-95 in Greenwich.


James Alexander »

Officer

New Haven

End of Watch: 10/14/1927

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On the department for five years, Patrolman Alexander was struck by a car while operating his motorcycle.


Dario S. Aponte »

Sergeant

New Haven

End of Watch: 9/10/2008

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Sergeant Aponte was responding to a domestic violence call when he violently collided with another responding officer at an intersection. He died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident.


Vincent R.T. Arduini »

Officer

Granby

End of Watch: 5/4/1997

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Officer Arduini was pursuing a speeding vehicle on Route 10 in Granby in wet road conditions with patchy fog when he lost control of his police vehicle, causing it to cross the center line and strike an oncoming vehicle. He succumbed to his injuries at a nearby hospital.


Brian A. Aselton »

Officer

East Hartford

End of Watch: 1/23/1999

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Officer Aselton, 26 years old, and a 2-year member of the force, made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty when he responded to a routine noise complaint. He interrupted a home invasion, saving the tenant's life, and was shot in the forehead during a struggle with one of the suspects.


Russell Bagshaw »

Trooper

State

CT State Police

End of Watch: 6/5/1991

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Trooper Bagshaw, age 28 and a four-year veteran assigned to Troop K, was executed in an ambush-style shooting after stopping at a North Windham gun shop to check the building. He interrupted a burglary at the store, and died of multiple gunshot wounds before he could use the radio or exit his cruiser.


Anthony F. Barbieri »

Officer

Torrington

End of Watch: 2/20/1950

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A Torrington police officer for more than 18 years, Officer Barbieri was on traffic duty when he was approached by a young man in an obviously diminished mental state. After struggling with the subject and taking him into custody, Officer Barbieri died suddenly.


Kenneth Edward Bateman, Jr. »

Patrolman

Darien

End of Watch: 5/31/1981

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A navy veteran, superb boater, and avid fisherman, Patrolman Bateman had been with the Darien Police Department for seven years when he was shot to death while answering a burglar alarm.


Paul J. Beaupre »

Lieutenant

Bloomfield

End of Watch: 12/19/1967

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While out Christmas shopping for his family, Lt. Beaupre was held up by three men, taken to the town of Enfield, and executed. The perpetrators later indicated that Lt. Beaupre had been on a list of law enforcement officers targeted for execution by a subversive group in existence at that time.


Nelson J. Belliveau »

Officer

Bloomfield

End of Watch: 9/3/1987

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Officer Belliveau chased a burglary suspect onto a roof and arrested him. He then collapsed and died of an aneurysm, which doctors indicated may have been triggered by the chase.


William E. Bowman »

Patrolman

Darien

End of Watch: 11/18/1927

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Officer Bowman, who enjoyed an exemplary record of service to the Darien Police Department and also served as a volunteer firefighter, was killed in a motor vehicle accident while on duty.


James A. Buczel »

U.S. Customs

Federal

U.S. Customs

End of Watch: 10/9/1988

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Accomplished, hard-working, and well-liked, Customs Inspector Buczel was killed in the line of duty at age 35 during an enforcement inspection for contraband in containerized cargo in New Haven.


James W. Burns »

Officer

Bristol

End of Watch: 5/29/1941

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A police officer for 21 years, Officer Burns was shot five times after responding to a disturbance at the home of his brother-in-law in Bristol. The suspect opened fire on the officers after a day of drinking, overpowering them.


James J. Butler »

Police Detective

Greenwich

End of Watch: 4/18/1954

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Detective Butler and his partner were investigating a report of stolen turkeys when the suspect fired four shots, hitting both detectives. Detective Butler saw him preparing to shoot his partner again; he fired his own pistol and instantly killed the assailant. Detective Butler died three months later as a result of his injuries.


Patrick F. Cannon »

Officer

New Haven

End of Watch: 3/5/1919

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While checking his beat, Officer Cannon found an open door at the Hubinger Building on Chapel Street. He went into the darkened building to have the janitor secure it and while doing so, he fell into an open elevator shaft. He died from his injuries one month later.


Marco T. Carias »

Officer

Norwalk

End of Watch: 3/20/1982

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Officer Carias, age 26, had completed his undercover investigative duties as part of his assignment to the Statewide Narcotics Team, and was returning to the State Police Garage when he was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident. He sustained multiple severe injuries to which he would later succumb.


Thomas E. Carney »

Lieutenant

State

CT State Police

End of Watch: 12/6/1982

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While on general patrol, Lt. Carney, age 42, stopped with a motorist on I-84 in Southbury. He was standing on the shoulder of the highway when he was struck and killed by the trailer portion of a tractor-trailer semi-truck.


Michael J. Carroll »

Sergeant

Norwich

End of Watch: 12/11/1934

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A 22-year veteran of the department, the first motorcycle officer, and the first traffic officer, Sgt. Carroll fell victim to a madman’s bullet while seeking to capture the individual for commitment to the Norwich State Hospital.


Jeffrey Casner »

Officer

Berlin

End of Watch: 2/2/1985

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Officer Casner was killed in the line of duty while assisting at an accident scene on the Wilbur Cross Highway. He was standing on the shoulder of the highway between the curb and his cruiser when he was struck by a drunk driver.


James Cavanaugh »

Officer

Fairfield

End of Watch: 4/11/1966

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Special Officer Cavanaugh was killed while performing an outside job assignment at a road construction site when a heavy-duty construction vehicle knocked him down and backed over him.


Edward T. Cody »

Detective

Hartford

End of Watch: 4/16/1979

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A member of the Hartford Police Department for 26 years, Officer Cody was off-duty and working a part-time job as a security guard when he was shot and killed during an armored car robbery.


H. Kenneth Couch »

Officer

New Milford

End of Watch: 6/3/1964

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Officer Couch was responding to a call about an overturned boat in an area of the Housatonic River known for whirlpools, currents and dangerous undertows. Officer Couch's boat was sucked into the dam and he was swept under the water.


Thomas Cummins »

Officer

New Haven

End of Watch: 11/24/1855

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Officer Cummins was a member of the Night Watch that existed from 1640 - 1861, when it was replaced by the New Haven Police Department. He was beaten while attempting to break up a fight and thereby became the first New Haven Police Officer to die in the line of duty.


John Daley »

Officer

Hartford

End of Watch: 7/29/1977

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Officer Daly had been with the Hartford Police Department for seven years. He was accidentally shot with his own weapon while running for cover from a man firing a shotgun from his home in the Blue Hills Avenue neighborhood.


John B. DeCarli »

Constable

Ellington

End of Watch: 8/31/1935

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Constable DeCarli was helping a farmer apprehend a thief who had been taking milk from his barn for several nights. During their stakeout, the suspect shot Constable DeCarli twice, gravely wounding him. He died the next day.


J. Clifford Dietrich »

Agent

Federal

U.S. Secret Service

End of Watch: 5/26/1973

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Special Agent Dietrich was assigned to the Protective Support Division under the Office of Protective Forces. While on a Presidential Protective assignment near Grand Cayman Island in the Bahamas, the helicopter in which he was flying suddenly lost altitude and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean.


Ellsworth G. Dietz »

Officer

Bridgeport

End of Watch: 3/8/1910

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Officer Deitz was on traffic duty during an attempted robbery at the Bridgeport Savings Bank. He became involved in the pursuit of the suspect and was shot by the robber in the neck and lung; he later died at the hospital.


Gerald T. DiJoseph »

Officer

Bridgeport

End of Watch: 11/28/1980

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Officer DiJoseph was shot in the head and killed by an unknown assailant during what was believed to have been a routine motor vehicle stop.


George Ross Dingwall »

Sergeant

Middletown

End of Watch: 1/28/2000

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Sgt. Dingwall, a 19-year veteran of the Middletown Police Department, was attempting to stop a vehicle involved in a home burglary. The suspect's vehicle struck Sgt. Dingwall's cruiser, killing him.


John F. Donahue »

Inspector

Waterbury

End of Watch: 8/2/1920

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Inspector Donahue, a 17-year veteran of the Waterbury Police Department, was shot in the chest by a suspect at Police Headquarters. He spent 6 weeks in the hospital before succumbing to his injuries.


Frank F. Donarumo »

Officer

Hamden

End of Watch: 7/27/1964

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Officer Donarumo lost his life when a train struck his police cruiser as he was crossing the train tracks. At the time the accident occurred, he was attempting to inspect some trucks parked on private property just off the highway.


Bennett W. Dorman »

Detective

New Haven

End of Watch: 11/1/1915

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Detective Dorman was confronting a man suspected of selling stolen rugs when the subject fired a revolver through his coat pocket, striking him in the stomach. He later died at the hospital.


Patrick Driscoll »

Officer

Jewett City

End of Watch: 2/16/1913

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Officer Driscoll was on duty in the Jewett City lockup when an explosion was heard. He went out to investigate, interrupting an attempted burglary at the Post Office, and was shot and killed by one of the burglars.


Louis Drucker »

Chief

New Canaan

End of Watch: 1/25/1888

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New Canaan became a "dry" town in 1885. Chief Constable Drucker was shot and killed when he went to serve a warrant to a resident who was in trouble on several occasions for selling liquor illegally.


John E. Durkin »

Officer

New Haven

End of Watch: 11/2/1918

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Officer Durkin, who was assigned to the motorcycle patrol, was struck and killed by a car while on his motorcycle.


Lloyd J. Eukers »

Trooper

State

CT State Police

End of Watch: 7/21/1928

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Trooper Eukers of Hartford was fatally injured in a motorcycle accident.


Andrew F. Faggio »

Detective

New Haven

End of Watch: 1/11/2012

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Detective Faggio was a 14-year veteran of the New Haven Police Department and worked the Robbery and Burglary Unit. While en route to serve an arrest warrant, he was involved in a motor vehicle accident and sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury, from which he later passed away.


Francis X. Fenton »

Officer

Hartford

End of Watch: 3/28/1969

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Officer Fenton of the Hartford Police Department was shot and died in the line of duty while trying to intervene with an armed suspect who was threatening a Hartford tavern owner.


Nicholas W. Fera »

Sergeant

Norwalk

End of Watch: 7/9/1971

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Sergeant Fera, a 19-year veteran, was shot and killed while attempting to take two armed robbery suspects into custody.


Timothy Foley »

Officer

Southington

End of Watch: 1/4/1938

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Officer Foley was hit by a motor vehicle while on duty.


William F. Frawley »

Constable

Westport

End of Watch: 5/21/1936

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Constable Frawley, a 6-year veteran, was dispatched to assist another officer with a disorderly patron at a local tavern. While struggling to place an arrested subject into a police car he suffered a ruptured blood vessel in his stomach, and died from his injuries after one month in the hospital.


Robert V. Fumiatti »

Officer

New Haven

End of Watch: 1/10/2007

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Officer Fumiatti was shot while temporarily assigned to the Investigative Services/Street Interdiction. He was able to testify in both state and federal trials, leading to the conviction of his shooter, and to return to work, but succumbed to his injuries.


William S. Gordon »

Lieutenant

Norwich

End of Watch: 7/7/1881

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Lt. Gordon, a 15-year veteran of the police force, succumbed to his injuries after a fierce battle with a prisoner escaping from a cell at police headquarters.


Sherrold H. Gorton »

Officer

Norwalk

End of Watch: 6/20/1962

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Officer Gorton, 37 years old and a 12-year veteran of the Norwalk Police Department, was killed while working a traffic assignment at a construction site, when an eighteen-ton dump truck struck him as it was backing.


William Grabeck »

Sergeant

New Britain

End of Watch: 11/5/1951

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Sgt. Grabeck was shot at point blank range when he was dispatched to a holdup in progress at a large packing plant. He was able to return fire and wound the robber, but later died of his injuries.


Walter Greene, Jr. »

Trooper First Class

State

CT State Police

End of Watch: 5/31/2018

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A 28-year veteran of the state police, Trooper Greene passed away after a valiant battle with cancer as a direct result of his response and service in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attack. Trooper Greene and his K-9 partner combed through the rubble for several days looking survivors and recovering evidence.


Frank Gwiazdowski »

Officer

Norwich

End of Watch: 10/11/1936

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Patrolman Gwiazdowski was struck by a hit and run driver while en route to police headquarters. He died from the injuries a few short hours later.


Kenneth Hall »

Trooper First Class

State

CT State Police

End of Watch: 9/2/2010

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While conducting a traffic stop during a statewide commercial vehicle safety initiative, Trooper First Class Hall's cruiser was struck by a speeding pick-up truck. He sustained multiple injuries and passed away at a nearby hospital.


Bruce Hanley »

Officer

Waterbury

End of Watch: 12/13/1997

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Officer Hanley died suddenly while in pursuit of a suspect following a fight. He was comatose until his death one month later.


Frank T. Hawley »

Officer

New Haven

End of Watch: 1/31/1970

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While on undercover assignment as a store owner to gain bookmaking information, Officer Hawley became involved in an argument about numbers with a subject who then shot him four times.


Daniel J. Hayes »

Chief

Ansonia

End of Watch: 12/27/1880

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Chief Hayes’ killer was tried and convicted of murder in 1881 and executed in 1882.


Stanley C. Heilberg »

Trooper Trainee

State

CT State Police

End of Watch: 6/1/1929

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Trooper Trainee Heilberg of New Britain was fatally injured in a motorcycle fall.


Charles F. Hill »

Sergeant

State

CT State Police

End of Watch: 11/6/1941

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Sergeant Hill of West Hartford was struck and killed by a hit and run motorist while directing traffic in North Canaan.


Milton Hodder »

Officer

Hamden

End of Watch: 4/21/1943

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A veteran officer with the Hamden Police Department, Officer Hodder was killed while directing traffic on Dixwell Avenue during the late evening hours. The hit-and-run driver was later apprehended and arrested.


Robert M. Holcomb »

Officer

Plainville

End of Watch: 11/21/1977

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Officer Holcomb was killed in the line of duty when he was assigned to a burglary in progress. He took one of the burglars into custody, but the suspect shot him with a revolver he had hidden.


Richard P. Horan »

Agent

Federal

F.B.I.

End of Watch: 4/18/1957

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Special Agent Horan was shot and killed in Suffield while attempting to apprehend a fugitive wanted for the murder of his wife as well as a payroll robbery.


Thomas D. Jahelka »

Constable

East Haddam

End of Watch: 4/17/1981

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Constable Jahelka had pulled over and was talking to a speeding driver when he was struck and killed by a passing vehicle.


Henry W. Jennings »

Officer

Hartford

End of Watch: 5/25/1964

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Officer Jennings had been a Hartford Police Officer for only four years and was the first officer killed in the line of duty in 103 years. He was slain in a heroic attempt to arrest a man suspected of shooting another officer seven hours earlier.


Edward P. Jesmonth »

Trooper

State

CT State Police

End of Watch: 7/20/1943

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Trooper Jesmonth of Hartford was assigned to the "emergence service" in Colchester. While responding to a fire at a marina in Portland, he was killed when his cruiser skidded on a rain-soaked highway and struck a tree.


John H. Kane »

Sergeant

Norwich

End of Watch: 4/6/1923

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Sgt. Kane was electrocuted by a volt short to a suspension cable on an electric light pole while investigating the death of a teenager who had, unknown to the Sergeant, also been electrocuted by the same cable.


Robert W. (Kap) Kappenberg »

Chief

East Hartford

End of Watch: 10/6/1916

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One of the Town of East Hartford's first official (paid) police officers, Chief Kappenberg was struck by an automobile while working traffic duty on Main Street.


Thomas P. Kearney »

Sergeant

Bridgeport

End of Watch: 9/29/1935

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While investigating a burglary in progress, Sergeant Kearney and Officer Walker were pursuing a suspect, who turned and fired, killing them both.


Robert J. Keating »

Officer

Danbury

End of Watch: 10/16/1955

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Officer Keating was stricken by a massive heart attack and died while performing flood evacuation.


George D. Kelley »

Officer

Stamford

End of Watch: 7/8/1938

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Officer Kelly was a member of the Stamford Police Department’s Motorcycle Motor Patrol Squad. While he was on duty, his bike skidded, throwing him against the front bumper of a light delivery truck and killing him died instantly.


Stephen A. Ketchum »

Officer

Newtown

End of Watch: 3/15/2016

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On September 11, 2001, Officer Ketchum rushed to ground zero to provide assistance. He passed away five years later due to lung cancer that was directly linked to the toxins he was exposed to at ground zero.


Thomas M. Knevet »

Officer

Hartford

End of Watch: 11/28/1919

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Officer Knevet died as a result of injuries sustained when he as struck by an automobile while on duty.


Walter Koella »

Officer

New Haven

End of Watch: 3/16/1935

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Officer Koella had responded to a burglary and was chasing the suspect when he was shot and killed.


Lloyd M. Kozenieski »

Constable

Woodbury

End of Watch: 5/7/1974

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Constable Kozenieski, a 22-year department veteran, responded to a domestic dispute. While arresting the suspect, he was kicked in the chest several times and suffered a fatal heart attack at the scene.


Timothy W. Laffin, Sr. »

Officer

North Haven

End of Watch: 5/29/1980

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The North Haven Police Department suffered an enormous loss with the untimely death of Officer Laffin, who was involved in a motor vehicle accident while in pursuit of a wanted suspect. He was the first department member to lose his life in the line of duty.


Leonard J. Lamanna »

Officer

Waterbury

End of Watch: 11/18/1961

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When a fire broke out at the Dora Drazen Dress Shop in downtown Waterbury, Patrolman Leonard LaManna, an 11-year veteran, responded to the scene. While directing traffic, he suffered a heart attack and collapsed in the street.


James W. Lambert »

Trooper

State

CT State Police

End of Watch: 10/29/1960

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Trooper Lambert, age 26, was struck by a drunk driver in Bethel. His career had spanned only seven months, but his brief presence within the department left its mark.


Daniel J. Lane »

Officer

Waterbury

End of Watch: 8/7/1913

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Patrolman Lane was walking his beat when he observed that a street lamp was not functioning. After waiting for assistance that did not arrive, he climbed the lamppost and attempted to repair the light himself. The lamppost collapsed, killing him.


Peter Lavery »

Master Police Officer

Newington

End of Watch: 12/30/2004

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While searching a home for a man who had assaulted his girlfriend, MPO Lavery was ambushed and shot 15-20 times with a high-powered assault rifle.


William F. Madden »

Constable

Manchester

End of Watch: 1/30/1919

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Constable Madden was gunned down while making an arrest of a gang of Silk Thieves from New Jersey.


James A. Martin »

Officer

New Canaan

End of Watch: 7/24/1991

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During an intense storm, Patrolman Martin responded to an emergency call of someone trapped in a vehicle by downed trees and power lines which were on fire. While surveying the scene, he was electrocuted.


Joseph P. McCormack »

Officer

Greenwich

End of Watch: 1/1/1944

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During a routine motor vehicle stop, Patrolman McCormack was shot in the spine by a notorious gang of bandits. He was paralyzed from the waist down until he died of his injuries seven years later.


Patrick McGovern »

Officer

New Haven

End of Watch: 7/2/1901

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Patrolman McGovern was the first New Haven policeman to die as results of a traffic accident. While performing traffic duty, he was struck and killed by a passing trolley car.


Hugh McKeon »

Officer

New Haven

End of Watch: 7/31/1901

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Patrolman McKeon was shot and killed while raiding a suspected house of ill repute.


Matthew J. McNally »

Officer

Waterbury

End of Watch: 11/20/1930

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While Patrolman McNally was standing in the roadway investigating a two-car motor vehicle accident, he was struck by an intoxicated driver and died a short time later.


William McNamara »

Officer

Stamford

End of Watch: 12/17/1973

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Officer McNamara was accidentally shot by his partner while they were stopping an armed robbery in a hotel lobby.


James McNamee »

Patrolman

Bristol

End of Watch: 1/16/1930

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Officer McNamee, age 39, was fatally shot through the back after approaching a stolen car at a filling station.


Paul Mendelssohn »

Officer

Waterbury

End of Watch: 3/10/1903

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Officer Mendelssohn, age 26, was riding the trolley during the fifty-sixth day of a railway labor strike. Four masked men boarded the train and simultaneously opened fire, shooting Officer Mendelssohn multiple times.


Kevin Miller »

Trooper First Class

State

CT State Police

End of Watch: 3/29/2018

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Trooper 1st Class Miller, a 19-year veteran of the state police, died when his patrol car crashed into the back of a tractor trailer that was moving at a slower speed than the flow of traffic on I-84 in Tolland.


George W. Mills »

Constable

Westport

End of Watch: 11/26/1924

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Constable Mills was directing heavy traffic returning from the Yale–Harvard football game when he was struck by a car. He suffered head and leg injuries and died 4 days later as a result of a traumatic brain injury.


Phillip A. Mingione »

Auxiliary Trooper

State

CT State Police

End of Watch: 5/25/1994

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Auxiliary Trooper Mingione of Milford was struck and killed on I-91 in North Haven. He had stopped and was standing outside his vehicle when a passing motorist lost control of her car and struck him.


Carl P. Moller »

Trooper

State

CT State Police

End of Watch: 2/13/1976

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On his way home to begin his weekend, Trooper Moller, age 31, stopped to assist a motorist on I-84 in West Hartford. While on the roadway, he and the motorist were struck and killed by a truck.


John Montabana »

Special Officer

Trumbull

End of Watch: 11/2/1974

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Special Officer Montabana was directing traffic at an intersection when he was struck by a motor vehicle. He died from his injuries at the hospital the next day.


Ernest J. Morse »

Trooper

State

CT State Police

End of Watch: 2/13/1953

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After pursuing a stolen car, Trooper Morse, age 31, approached the car and was shot by the driver. Before he died, he whispered portions of the license plate number to sailors from the Groton submarine base who found him lying near his car.


Lawrence Murphy »

Officer

New Haven

End of Watch: 7/23/1924

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Officer Murphy was doing hand traffic when he was struck by a car which failed to heed the officer’s signal, and was pinned against a passing trolley.


Irving H. Nelson »

Trooper

State

CT State Police

End of Watch: 4/6/1928

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Trooper Nelson was on his motorcycle pursuing two men wanted in connection with an armed robbery. Six shots were fired at him, with two bullets hitting him. He slowed the vehicle down, stopped in a driveway, collapsed and died.


Nancy E. Nichols »

Officer

Naugatuck

End of Watch: 3/17/1991

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Officer Nichols was the first female officer in the State of Connecticut to lose her life in the line of duty. A 7-year veteran on the force, she was killed when she was hit by a car during a routine traffic stop.


Joseph O'Brien »

Officer

Windsor Locks

End of Watch: 12/24/1968

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Officer O’Brien was investigating a minor accident, with his cruiser parked with the lights flashing. A vehicle travelling on the shoulder of the road struck him, killing him instantly.


Daniel T. O'Connell »

Officer

New Haven

End of Watch: 8/15/1938

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Officer O'Connell was assisting in the transport of a man arrested for domestic assault. The man had not been handcuffed and he was able to get Officer O'Connell's gun and shoot him five times.


Ralph Palma »

Detective

New Haven

End of Watch: 6/13/1954

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Detective Palma was among four officers who entered the Paramount Theater to confront two suspects wanted for a tie-up robbery. A shootout ensued, and Detective Palma was struck twice in the abdomen. He died of his injuries 32 days later.


John E. Palmatier »

Officer

Waterbury

End of Watch: 7/20/1941

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Officer Palmatier was directing heavy traffic after the American Legion's national convention. He was struck by a vehicle and thrown twenty feet, and died from his injuries within the hour.


Jack Palmer »

Officer

Ridgefield

End of Watch: 7/31/1932

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Racing on his motorcycle to a dispute at a nearby ball field, Officer Palmer struck a crossing vehicle at an intersection. He suffered a fractured skull and never regained consciousness.


Daniel P. Picagli »

Officer

New Haven

End of Watch: 10/21/2006

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Officer Picagli, a 17-year veteran of the New Haven Police Department, was killed when he was struck by a car at a construction site where he was directing traffic in the rain.


Francis Melville Pike »

Deputy

Fairfield

End of Watch: 5/13/1894

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While attempting to arrest a suspect who had stabbed two men at the Fairfield railroad station, Deputy Pike collapsed of a heart attack, and never regained consciousness.


Joseph Pych »

Patrolman

Enfield

End of Watch: 12/25/1954

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Patrolman Pych was in pursuit of a speeding motor vehicle when another motorist obstructed the road. To avoid a collision, the officer veered his patrol car off the highway. The cruiser rolled over and struck a tree, crushing him.


Farris J. Resha »

Officer

Winsted

End of Watch: 11/2/1966

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Officer Resha died as the result of injuries received from an accident that occurred on Halloween night. He was on patrol duty riding his motorcycle, and pursuing a speeding motorist who had shut his headlights off, when he collided with another vehicle making a turn.


William F. Rich »

Officer

Shelton

End of Watch: 12/27/1964

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Officer Rich, a 25-year department veteran, suffered a massive heart attack while pursuing a man who had been arrested following a bar fight. The suspect ran out of the station after being booked; Officer Rich captured him and had just placed him in lock up before collapsing.


Louis P. Rienzo »

Officer

New Haven

End of Watch: 10/13/1967

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Officer Rienzo was directing traffic around an accident scene when he was struck by a drunk driver. He was treated for leg injuries but died of his injuries several weeks later.


Ariel Rios »

Special Agent

Federal

A.T.F.

End of Watch: 12/2/1982

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Special Agent Rios was killed while working an undercover investigation to dismantle a criminal ring involving drug and weapons trafficking. During the transaction, one of the criminals began firing his gun and fatally wounded him.


Joseph T. Robbins »

Officer

New Haven

End of Watch: 6/25/1926

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Officer Robbins was pursuing a motorist on his motorcycle through East Rock Park when he struck another oncoming car head-on. He had been a member of the police department for seven months.


William J. Robbins »

Patrolman

Greenwich

End of Watch: 5/17/1929

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Officer Robbins was on routine motorcycle patrol of the Post Road when he was struck by a motor vehicle driven by a local resident. He died from the traumatic head injury three days later.


Pearle R. Roberts »

Trooper

State

CT State Police

End of Watch: 11/25/1922

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Trooper Roberts was returning from duty when the front wheel of his motorcycle caught the groove of a trolley truck. He was thrown headfirst over the handlebars and died shortly thereafter.


Edward F. Ryan »

Constable

Watertown

End of Watch: 1/27/1933

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After a series of nighttime burglaries at local businesses, Constable Ryan was assigned to a stake out at an oil company. The next morning, he was found dead due to asphyxiation from oil burner fumes in the building.


Joseph Sachatello »

Officer

Montville

End of Watch: 1/23/2003

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Officer Sachatello was on his way to provide backup to a brother officer, when his car left the roadway, striking a tree and killing him instantly.


Aldo J. Santini »

Auxiliary Officer

Westport

End of Watch: 8/1/1964

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Auxiliary Officer Santini, a 10-year veteran, was on marine patrol. While assisting a sailboat that had run aground, a winch was pulled off and struck him in the head. He was knocked off the police boat into the water unconscious, and died several days later.


James Savage »

Trooper

State

CT State Police

End of Watch: 1/22/1986

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Trooper Savage had stopped for a motorist on Route 8 in Watertown when he was struck and killed by a distracted driver.


Ernest W. Schilke »

Patrolman

Bristol

End of Watch: 5/17/1944

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Officer Schilke, age 22, had been with the department for 3 months. After a gas explosion at the Wallace Burnes Rolling Mill, he was attempting to rescue an employee. He was overcome by gas fumes and died a hero’s death.


Andrew L. Schlechtweig »

Officer

Stamford

End of Watch: 5/26/1938

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Officer Schlechtweg was on duty riding his department motorcycle when a car struck him. He died, without ever regaining consciousness, due to a compound fracture of the skull.


William F. Schreiber »

Officer

Stratford

End of Watch: 7/31/1946

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Officer Schreiber, age 36, had been with the department for four years. He was shot in the stomach while responding to a burglary in progress at a local restaurant, and succumbed to his injuries two weeks later.


Patrick Shea »

Officer

New Haven

End of Watch: 10/19/1919

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Officer Shea stopped to assist a motorist who had broken down. As both worked on the car, another car came speeding down the street and struck the disabled car. Officer Shea was knocked under the car and later died from his injuries.


James Skelley »

Officer

New Britain

End of Watch: 10/12/1924

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Officer Skelly, an 18-year veteran of the department, was mortally wounded while responding to a report of two intruders on the premises of a store. The murder attracted national attention because one of the accomplices was public enemy #1 at that time.


Bartholomew M. Skelly »

Trooper

State

CT State Police

End of Watch: 11/14/1925

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Trooper Skelly of Naugatuck was fatally injured in a motorcycle fall.


Orville Smith »

Sergeant

Shelton

End of Watch: 7/7/2010

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Sergeant Smith, a 39-year department veteran, volunteer firefighter, and Vietnam War veteran, was working on a traffic detail on Route 110 when he was struck by an intoxicated driver. He died from his injuries four days later.


William Snyder »

Officer

Groton City

End of Watch: 1/16/1994

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Officer Snyder was struck by a car while directing traffic. He was in a deep coma for three months, and died never having regained consciousness.


James V. Spignesi »

Officer

DEP

DEP

End of Watch: 11/20/1998

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Officer Spignesi was a well-respected conservation officer, and the first officer to be slain in the line of duty in Connecticut's 131 years of conservation law enforcement. He was fatally shot while investigating an area where there had been illegal hunting complaints.


Robert Stankye »

Officer

Orange

End of Watch: 9/3/1981

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Officer Stankye was conducting an investigation of a residential burglary when he went into cardiac arrest and later died.


Frank A. Starkel »

Lieutenant

State

CT State Police

End of Watch: 7/19/1948

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Lt. Starkel was struck by a large rock fragment that was blown more than half a mile by an explosion at the Newington Quarry. He died at the hospital two hours later.


Kenneth W. Stevens »

Lieutenant

State

CT State Police

End of Watch: 6/9/1944

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Lt. Stevens was the commanding officer of the Groton station and worked with the Navy to keep the military installations secure. He suffered a massive heart attack after being thrown from the State Police patrol boat on the Connecticut River.


Joseph M. Stoba, Jr. »

Trooper

State

CT State Police

End of Watch: 8/6/1962

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Trooper Stoba Jr., age 34 of Meriden, was shot to death during a domestic dispute. The suspect had agreed to come with the officer to sober up, but came out of his house armed with a rifle, and shot Trooper Stoba before he could react.


Frank S. Stratton »

Sergeant

Norwalk

End of Watch: 10/14/1930

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Sergeant Stratton, a 28-year law enforcement veteran, was leading two AWOL marines to his patrol car after stopping them in a stolen vehicle. He was struck by a speeding motor vehicle and fatally injured.


Joseph P. Sullivan »

Detective

New Haven

End of Watch: 10/23/1932

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Pursuing a stolen car that was wanted in regards to stolen athletic tickets, Detective Sullivan jumped on the vehicle's left running board and fought with the driver. The car rolled over, pinning Detective Sullivan underneath, and he died shortly thereafter.


Florence Sullivan »

Officer

Danbury

End of Watch: 9/8/1896

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Officer Sullivan, one of the first officers appointed to the Danbury Police Department, was physically beaten by four men while attempting to break up a disorderly drunken disturbance. He died of his injuries months later.


William V. Tickey »

Officer

Bridgeport

End of Watch: 5/20/1946

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Officer Tickey was struck by an auto at an intersection while attempting to signal a speeding auto to stop. He died from his injuries two days later.


Thomas B. Toohey »

Officer

Hartford

End of Watch: 5/15/1996

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Officer Toohey was a 17-year veteran officer with the Hartford Police Department. He was working in an undercover capacity when he suffered a major heart attack and died.


David D. Troy »

Officer

Stamford

End of Watch: 7/7/1960

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Officer Troy was called to an armed robbery at a restaurant on Main Street, and chased after the robber. Hiding on a second-floor porch, the robber opened fire. Officer Troy returned fire, emptying his revolver; he died later at the hospital.


Edward W. Truelove »

Auxiliary Trooper

State

CT State Police

End of Watch: 11/13/1992

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Auxiliary Trooper Truelove stopped for a disabled vehicle on I-84. After directing the occupants to safety on the far side of the guardrail, he attempted to safeguard the scene with his strobe lights. Several minutes later a truck drove into his cruiser, killing Auxiliary Truelove in the crash.


Wilfred Walker »

Officer

Bridgeport

End of Watch: 9/29/1935

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While investigating a burglary in progress, Officer Walker and Sergeant Kearney were pursuing a suspect, who turned and fired, killing them both.


Daniel S. Wasson »

Officer

Milford

End of Watch: 4/12/1987

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Officer Wasson was shot and killed in the line of duty after stopping an unregistered vehicle. He was found lying alongside the highway with a single gunshot wound in the chest by a motorist.


Leonard H. Watson »

Trooper

State

CT State Police

End of Watch: 10/22/1932

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Trooper Watson of East Canaan was fatally injured in a motorcycle accident.


Edward H. Wendland »

Officer

New Haven

End of Watch: 5/21/1938

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Officer Wendland responded to a report of a robbery by two men at a cemetery. A suspect who had not been fully frisked was put into Officer Wendland's car by another officer. As they drove off, the suspect fatally shot him five times.


Walter T. Williams, III »

Officer

Waterbury

End of Watch: 12/18/1992

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Patrolman Williams, an eight-year veteran, detained two men after witnessing a narcotics transaction. While patting them down, one of the men shot him behind the ear. The suspects fled the scene, leaving him lying in the street.


Stephen E. Wilson »

Captain

West Haven

End of Watch: 12/9/1959

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While responding to a burglar alarm at the West Haven branch of the New Haven Savings Bank, Captain Wilson suffered a fatal heart attack and collapsed on the sidewalk.


Charles Yodkins, Sr. »

Officer

Farmington

End of Watch: 8/19/1955

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After two back-to-back hurricanes (Connie and Diane), the water began rapidly rising and engulfing the town. Officer Yodkins was using a small boat to ferry people to safety from their rooftops. Just after rescuing a baby, Officer Yodkins's boat capsized and he was lost in the raging water.


Harvey R. Young »

Officer

Hartford

End of Watch: 8/25/1967

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Officer Young was a 15-year member of the Hartford Police Department and had received six citations for outstanding police work in the last two years of his career. He was killed by his own weapon in a struggle to arrest a man.


Ralph C. Young »

Inspector

DMV

DMV

End of Watch: 9/30/1920

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Inspector Young was on duty investigating a case when he was fatally injured in a motor vehicle accident in the town of Brooklyn.


George Zint »

Officer

Stratford

End of Watch: 7/12/1932

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Officer Zint was on a routine patrol when his motorcycle was struck by a vehicle backing up. He had been with the department six years and was 32 years old.


Raymond Zoller »

Officer

West Haven

End of Watch: 12/28/1929

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Officer Zoller was fatally wounded by a shotgun blast fired from inside a house being raided as a location where liquor was being illegally distilled. He died in a squad car being driven to the hospital by fellow officers.