WASHINGTON (WTNH)–Twenty-one New Haven Police officers have died in the line of duty in the history of the department, and this past weekend, the 21st was honored with a ceremony in the nation’s capital.
It’s been more than 13 years since New Haven police detective Andrew Faggio slipped into a coma after a car accident on his way to a stakeout. It’s been more than four years since his 10 year vegetative state ended in death. This weekend, his widow and their two sons watched as Faggio’s name was added to the Law Enforcement Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.
“137 names were put on that wall this year,” said New Haven Police Chief Dean Esserman. “One from Connecticut; Detective Faggio.”
Faggio was a 15-year veteran of New Haven Police. With the help of retired Detective Jimmy Howell and New Haven Alder Al Paolillo, Faggio’s name was included this year. His family and Chief Esserman joined the department’s Honor Guard for the trip to D.C., as names of the fallen were added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Wall.
“It was an honor to see the compassion and professionalism of our Honor Guard,” Esserman said. “As a wreath was laid in the rain on Saturday.”
This Thursday, the governor will attend a memorial service at the State Police facility in Meriden, dedicated to Faggio.