Remembering Danbury’s fallen officers

May 16, 2019

DANBURY - The city police department’s annual memorial service on Thursday featured a solemn playing of taps by the son of an officer who was killed on his way to work in 2010.

The solemn notes of a lone bugle from Matthew Hassiak were in honor of his father, Donald Hassiak, and other officers whose names are engraved at Public Safety Memorial Park, across the street from the police station on Main Street.

Police officers and families gathered with city leaders during the late morning service to sing the national anthem, pray, and listen to “Amazing Grace” by the Stephen P. Driscoll Memorial Pipe Band.

The department’s honor guard fired a 21-gun salute, and flags were lowered to half-staff.

On Monday, the city said goodbye to retired Capt. George Johnson during a funeral and burial with full honors.

The police department’s 35th annual awards ceremony followed the service.