State police major dies after surgery


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A high-ranking Connecticut State Police official has died after a brief illness and surgery.

State police officials say 49-year-old Maj. William Podgorski suffered an undisclosed illness and died Monday at Yale-New Haven Hospital. The Farmington resident leaves behind a wife and three children.

Podgorski was a 24-year veteran of the force and was commander of the Western District, which comprises the western part of the state. He also had served on the governor’s security unit and once led the state police crime lab.

Podgorski had a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Pace University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Connecticut.

Commissioner Dora Schriro of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection says Podgorski had an accomplished and varied career and will be missed.

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