Fallen Officer Memorial

Fallen Officer Memorial

The Waterbury Police Department dedicates this page to its fallen officers who, over the last century and a half, have so bravely given their lives in the line of duty, exemplifying their honor and dedication to the Waterbury community. The fallen officers are listed below in chronological order.

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Paul Mendelssohn

End of Watch: March 8, 1903

Age: 26

Tour of Duty: 3 Years

Incident Details: Gunfire

On Sunday, March 8, 1903, Officer Paul Mendelssohn, age 26, was riding on the North Main Street trolley, Car #66, during the fifty-sixth day of a railway labor strike. At 9:50 p.m., the trolley car reached the end of its route in the Bucks Hill section of Waterbury and was in the process of turning around for the return trip into the downtown area.

 

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Daniel J. Lane

End of Watch: August 7, 1913

Age: 34

Tour of Duty: 3 Years

Incident Details: Electrocution

On August 7, 1913, at 8:00 p.m., Patrolman Daniel J. Lane was walking his beat when he observed that a street lamp located at the corner of Cooke and Grove Streets was not functioning. Patrolman Lane walked to a call box and notified the Desk Sergeant of the broken lamp.

 

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John F. Donahue

End of Watch: August 2, 1920

Age: 39

Tour of Duty: 17 Years

Incident Details: Gunfire

On Monday, June 21, 1920, at 5:30 am, a man named Arthur Brouix of Biddeford, Maine entered Waterbury Police Headquarters stating he wanted to file a larceny complaint. Brouix reported that his twenty-three-year-old wife Georgiana Rheaume had stolen $650.00 from him and was planning on leaving the city. Since no detectives were on duty at that time, the desk officer told Brouix to return at 7:30 am and speak with the inspectors about his complaint.
 

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William J. Stokes

End of Watch: May 2, 1925

Age: 36

Tour of Duty: 11 Years

Incident Details: Gunfire/Officer's Weapon

On Saturday, May 2, 1925, Patrolman Walter J. Stokes responded to a call of a domestic at a third-floor apartment of 827 Bank Street in the Brooklyn section of Waterbury. Upon entering the apartment, Patrolman Stokes was attacked by Ernest J. Bercier, the husband in the domestic dispute. Bercier attempted to gain control of Patrolman Stokes' revolver.

 

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Matthew J. McNally

End of Watch: November 19, 1930

Age: 41

Tour of Duty: 11 Years

Incident Details: Struck by Vehicle - Intoxicated Operator

Shortly before midnight on November 19, 1930, Patrolman Matthew McNally and his partner Joseph Petit were working a two-man car and were assigned to investigate a two-car motor vehicle accident on East Main Street. While both officers stood in the roadway investigating the accident, a car being driven by Adrial L. Wolff struck Patrolman McNally almost completely severing McNally's left leg.

 

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John E. Palmatier

End of Watch: July 20, 1941

Age: 60

Tour of Duty: 3 Years

Incident Details: Struck by Vehicle

On Sunday, July 20, 1941, Officer John Palmatier was called in on his night off to direct traffic at the intersection of West Main Street and Judd Street because of congestion caused by the fireworks display for the American Legion's National Convention. 
 

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Frank D. Romano

End of Watch: November 22, 1958

Age: 54

Tour of Duty: 27 Years

Incident Details: Heart Attack/Duty-Related Illness

On Saturday, November 22, 1958, Officer Romano suffered a fatal heart attack while walking his beat in Fulton Park on Cooke Street. Officer Romano had served as a patrolman at the park for one year, and prior to that patrolled Hamilton Park in the city's East End. 

 

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Leonard Lamanna

End of Watch: November 18, 1961

Age: 34

Tour of Duty: 11 Years

Incident Details: Heart Attack/Duty-Related Illness

Shortly after 1700 hours on Saturday, November 18, 1961, a fire broke out at the Dora Drazen Dress Shop at 11 Leavenworth Street, located in the heart of downtown Waterbury. Patrolman Leonard LaManna, an eleven-year veteran, responded to the scene along with four other officers for traffic control.

 

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Walter T. Williams, III

End of Watch: December 18, 1992

Age: 34

Tour of Duty: 8 Years

Incident Details: Gunfire

At approximately 4:00 AM December 18, 1992, Patrolman Walter Williams, an eight-year veteran, was on patrol in his patrol car in the North End of Waterbury. Williams stopped his marked patrol car, number 23, in the intersection of Orange and Ward Streets after observing two African-American males conducting what appeared to be a hand-to-hand narcotics transaction. 

 

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Bruce Hanley

End of Watch: December 13, 1997

Age: 45

Tour of Duty: 1 Year

Incident Details: Duty-related Illness

On Friday, November 19, 1982, Officer Bruce Hanley was dispatched to a fight on Cherry Street in Waterbury. The complainant stated four youths were observed on Camp Terrace and one youth began to run away. Officer Hanley began a foot pursuit. Shortly thereafter, a call was received of an officer down. Units responded and located Officer Hanley face down with no vital signs.

 

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