This page is dedicated to the everlasting memory of the members who have made the supreme sacrifice and the recognition of the sacrifices of their families.
Officer Thomas Toohey, May 15, 1996
Officer Toohey was appointed to the Hartford Police Department on November 26, 1979. His life came to a tragic end on May 15, 1996 as the result of a ruptured aorta while operating a bicycle in an undercover investigation in the Frog Hollow neighborhood of the City. The Frog Hollow substation is named in his honor.
Officer Donald Deep, March 18, 1982
Officer Deep was appointed to the Hartford Police Department on January 8, 1973. A life long City resident, he succumbed to a massive heart attack on March 18, 1982 at police headquarters.
Detective Edward Cody, April 16, 1979
Detective Cody was appointed to the Hartford Police Department on October 26, 1952. He was promoted to the rank of Detective on November 1, 1970. He was brutally assassinated by gunfire on April 16, 1979 while moonlighting as an armored car driver. His daughter Ann subsequently went on to serve as a member of the Hartford Police Department retiring in 2004 after more than twenty years of service.
Officer John Daley, July 29, 1977
Officer Daley was appointed to the Hartford Police Department on October 13, 1970. He succumbed to a gunshot wound caused by an accidental discharge of his service revolver while he attempted to take cover from a shotgun wielding suspect on July 29, 1977.
Officer Francis Fenton, March 28, 1969
Officer Fenton was appointed to the Hartford Police Department on July 1, 1951. He was shot and killed while attempting to restrain an armed suspect, who was threatening a tavern owner and his patrons at the Edgewood Cafe. Officer Fenton who was off-duty at the time did not hesitate to come to the aid of the threatened citizens.
Officer Harvey Young, August 25, 1967
Officer Young was appointed to the Hartford Police Department on September 22, 1952. He was killed after being overpowered by a suspect he was attempting to take into custody on August 25, 1967 in the Charter Oak Terrace Housing Project. His death accelerated the installation of protective barriers between the front and rear seating compartments of marked police cruisers.
Officer Henry Jennings, May 25, 1964
Officer Jennings was appointed to the Hartford Police Department on February 29, 1960. He was shot and killed by an armed suspect on May 25, 1964 at the Hartford Hotel. Officer Jennings was attempting to apprehend the suspect who had shot and seriously wounded a City officer the previous evening.
Officer Thomas Knevet, November 27, 1919
Officer Knevet was appointed to the Hartford Police Department on October 23, 1911. He was the first Hartford Police Officer to make the supreme sacrifice on November 27, 1919 after being struck by an automobile.
A POLICE OFFICERS PRAYER
I ask for courage
Courage to face and conquer my own fears
Courage to take me where others will not go;
I ask for strength
Strength of body to protect others
And strength of spirit to lead others;
I ask for dedication
Dedication to my job, to do it well
Dedication to my community to keep it safe;
Give me concern for others who trust me
And compassion for those who need me
And please through it all be at my side
– Author Unknown –