NEWINGTON, Conn. — The Newington Police Department is mourning the sudden death of Officer Alan Tancreti who died in a medical emergency on Saturday, officials announced.
Tancreti suffered an "unexpected medical emergency" while he was off-duty at his home on Saturday, officials said in a statement released Monday afternoon.
"Despite the valiant efforts of first responders and medical staff Officer Tancreti passed away," police said. "Words can not express the tremendous loss our family feels after losing Alan."
In 2018, Tancreti was one of several officers cited for rescuing guests from a Newington motel fire.
Fellow Newington officers are said to have affectionately called Tancreti "Tank.” They said he was known throughout the department as ambitious, caring, supportive, and a great compliment to the force.
Tancreti was called a dedicated father to his three children.
"We thank the community and our law enforcement partners for the outpouring of support and ask that you pray for the Tancreti family as well as our Newington Police family during this extremely difficult time." said police officials.
A fund has been established to support Tancreti's three children. Those who wish to donate may do so with checks payable to Christine Tancreti and can be sent to:
- The Children of Alan Tancreti
- PO Box 527
- West Haven, CT 06516
Police said they are aware of several fundraising solicitations that mention Officer Tancreti. The Tancreti Family and the Newington Police Department have authorized the PO Box 527, West Haven, CT 06516 donation address as the only means for donations.
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