Connecticut Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation

Thomas D. Jahelka


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.

Constable Thomas Jahelka had just completed his constabulary duty and on was on his way home when it was believed that he noticed a speeder and gave chase. Constable Jahelka had pulled over on Mt. Parnassus Road and had turned off his vehicle lights and was talking to a driver of a dark blue Volkswagen, whose lights were also off, when a Jeep Scout struck the Volkswagen and Constable Jahelka. Constable Jahelka died instantly from his injuries.