New Haven Police Detective Andrew Faggio died Wednesday morning, following a long battle with injuries sustained during an early morning crash in Janaury 2003 on Durham Road in Madison. Below is an announcement from the New Haven Police Department, along with details about where to send condolences, followed by information about the incident, published in 2003.
It is with deep sorrow, that Chief of Police Dean Esserman and the
members of The New Haven Police Department announce the death of
veteran Police Detective Andrew Faggio.
Detective Faggio was on duty the morning of January 31, 2003, when he
suffered a serious brain injury after an accident. He was assigned to
the Detective Division’s Robbery Unit and was on his way to New Haven
to meet colleagues, on the trail of a bank robbery suspect. The accident
occurred in Madison, CT.
Detective Faggio passed early this morning, no longer able to battle
Andrew Faggio entered the Police Academy in April of 1988, and began
his career as a sworn Police Officer on October 10, 1988.
Faggio served as a Patrol Officer with periodic plain clothes
assignments until February, 1999, when he was promoted to Detective.
Detective Faggio was an exemplary Department member, looked up to and emulated by colleagues of all ranks. During his career, he had been
awarded two Letters of Commendation, two certificates of Meritorious
Service, an award for Outstanding Contribution, and a seemingly endless
number of letters of appreciation, submitted by those he helped over
His fellow Officers, many of whom had the good fortune to be trained by
him under the Field Training Officer Program, have been reflecting on
his good nature and the effectiveness of his Policing style.
He was committed to the people of New Haven. He took his work
personally and saw everything through to the end. His example is one
which will be passed on to generations of new Officers. To those who had
the pleasure to know and work along side him, his memory will be kept
Detective Faggio is survived by his wife, Jennifer Faggio, his two
sons, Andrew Jr, who is thirteen years old and Nicholas, who is nine
years old, his mother, Ann Faggio and his brother, Peter Faggio.
The funeral and wake will be from Iovanne’s Funeral Home, 11 Wooster
Place, New Haven. The calling hours will be from 3:00 PM till 8 PM, on
Friday, January 13, 2012. The funeral mass will be at St. George’s Roman Catholic Church, 33 Whitfield Street, Guilford, CT. It will be at 10:00 AM on Saturday, January 14, 2012. The burial will be immediately following the Funeral Mass. It will be at Alderbrook Cemetery on Boston Street in Guilford.
The above notice was submitted by Officer David B. Hartman, Office of the Chief, New Haven Police Department. To send condolences or for additional information, he can be reached at Officer David B. Hartman, Office of the Chief, New Haven Police Department, 1 Union Avenue
New Haven, CT 06519.
A report from ctcentral.com published in February 2003 says the accident occured near 271 Durham Road, about a mile from the I-95 interchange around 4 a.m.
"The crash occurred in the vicinity of 271 Durham Road, less than a mile from the Interstate 95 interchange, Madison police Lt. Mike Rollinson said. Durham Road, also known as Route 79, feeds into the interstate at Exit 61. Rollinson said rescue workers were on scene within minutes and managed to free Faggio from his wrecked car in about a quarter of an hour. According to police in New Haven, Faggio was coming into work early to conduct a stakeout. He was traveling in the southbound lane and crested a hill when he saw headlights in his path, police said. He swerved to miss the vehicle, which was delivering newspapers, and spun out of control before hitting a tree, New Haven police reported."
According to the Connecticut Law Tribune, the newspaper deliver man was delivering The Hartford Courant newspaper, along with The Wall Street Journal and Investors Business Daily. According to the report in the Connecticut Law Tribune, Faggio was "driving along a winding country road before dawn when he came upon a newspaper delivery van parked illegally and facing the wrong way."
To leave a reflection, you are welcome to submit comments below, or you can go to the Officer Down Memorial Page created in Detective Faggio's honor.