Op-Ed: New Canaan Police Chief Reflects on Veterans Day

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The New Canaan Police Department Color Guard at God's Acre during the Nov. 11, 2018 Veterans Day observance. Credit: Michael Dinan

Every day the men and women of the New Canaan Police Department protect and serve our town with great distinction. 

New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski

On November 11, Veterans Day, we honor those who pledged to protect and serve our great country-our veterans. Veterans Day honors the service and sacrifice of those who have served in the U.S. military. 

I want to recognize the following Department members who have served in our military and continue to serve our Town:

  • Commissioner Sperry DeCew-U.S. Army
  • Lieutenant Bill Ferri-U.S. Army
  • Lieutenant Jim George-U.S. Army
  • Sergeant Aaron LaTourette-U.S. Marine Corps
  • Officer Geoff Lambert- U.S. Marine Corps
  • Officer Roy Adams-Connecticut Army National Guard
  • Officer Bryan Connolly-U.S. Coast Guard
  • Officer Rex Sprosta-U.S. Marine Corps
  • Officer Matt Marzano-U.S. Marine Corps
  • Officer Chris Dewey-U.S. Army and New York Army National Guard
  • Officer David Rivera-U.S. Air Force
  • Officer Matthew Blank- Connecticut Army Air National Guard
  • Officer Own Ochs- U.S. Army

Often our officers are not adequately recognized for the great work they do every day. Of the approximately 17,000 calls for service that our officers handle each year, some of these incidents are violent and put our officers in harm’s way. Our officers consistently handle these incidents with great skill, bravery, and dedication.

When you see our officers, thank them for what they do, the risks that they take, and how they so professionally “protect and serve” our town.

When you see our officers who are veterans, thank them for their service to our country and our town.

To all New Canaan veterans: thank you for your bravery, service, sacrifice, selflessness, and love of country. We can never repay the debt we owe to you, and we will never forget.


Leon Krolikowski, Chief of Police

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