MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH)– If you ask a Connecticut resident about the recent deaths of two New York City police officers killed while on duty, there is no question many are upset over what had happened.
“The poor guys were just doing their job,” said John Dubovik of Middletown. “It’s sad.”
But one group whose hearts ache among the hardest in the Nutmeg State are those who do a similar vocation for a living, people like Lt. J. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police.
“We do the same job and when one of our fellow law enforcement officers is hurt, injured, or killed it affects all of us dramatically,” said Lt. Vance.
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Saturday, a funeral will be held for one of the officers killed, Rafael Ramos, and many of his Connecticut law enforcement brothers and sisters with the state police will be in attendance.
“We will volunteer our time to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with all of the law enforcement officers to say goodbye to one of our own,” said Lt. Vance.
In all, the Connecticut State Police will send 40 to 50 troopers to the funeral. Lt. Vance says he thinks it’s important that they show their support because in the past others have been there for them, like in 2010 after trooper Kenneth Hall was killed while on duty in Enfield.
The Hartford, Bridgeport, and Willimantic Police Departments say they have plans to attend Officer Ramos’ funeral as well.