Since the first recorded police death in 1792, there have been more than 18,200 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. 128 Officers in Connecticut have made the ultimate sacrifice. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy designated May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week. On May 13 of each year, during National Police Week, an estimated 20,000 people attend a candlelight vigil at the National Police Memorial in Washington DC,  It is during this ceremony that the names of all fallen law enforcement officers from the previous year are formally dedicated on the memorial, as well as fallen officers from the past. In 2008, at the 20th annual candlelight vigil, the names of 358 law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty were dedicated, including 181 who died in 2007 and 177 who died in previous years.

 

 

   
           Constable Edward F. Ryan
 

On January 27th 1933, due to rash of night time burglaries, Constable Edward Ryan and Officer Victor Fogelstrom were staking out the Justus Oil Station, located on the corner of Main Street and Hillside Avenue in Oakville. Officer Fogelstrom left Constable Ryan to resume patrol, and upon returning the next morning, found Constable Ryan unresponsive on the floor. It was determined that Constable Ryan had been asphyxiated on the fumes from the oil burner in the station. Constable Ryan had lived on Porter Street and is now buried at Mount St. James Cemetery on Porter Street. Constable Ryan’s funeral, which was held at St. John’s Church, was the largest funeral held at the church, to that date. Members of the Watertown Police Department, and the Watertown Fire Department, which Constable Ryan was also a member of, participated in the funeral procession. In 2008, Constable Ryan was added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, in Washington D.C.

Constable Ryan's online memorial can be viewed and a reflection can be left here

 

 

  

     

     

   
  

  

          

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