Daniel Wasson Tribute
"I would like to thank the family of
Daniel Scott Wasson and Ginny Hungerford, the Aunt of Officer
Wasson, who I have worked along side with since 1994 who
supplied pictures and articles for this tribute."
On behalf of the Connecticut Police Work
Dog Association, I would like to express our deepest regards and
sympathy to the family, friends and fellow officers of Officer
Daniel Wasson. You gave the ultimate sacrifice. Daniel, you may
be gone, but you will NEVER be forgotten. Rest in peace blue
angel and thank you for your service.
James A. Cortina
Photos of Officer Daniel Wasson and K9
Sunday April, 12, 1987, Officer Daniel Wasson who was serving the town
of Milford, radioed a police dispatcher that he and his K-9
"General" were conducting a motor vehicle stop on the Boston Post Road
in Milford, Connecticut. During this routine motor vehicle stop,
Officer Wasson was fatally shot by the vehicle's operator and was found
at 2:45 a.m. lying on the side of the road by a passing motorist with a single gunshot wound to the chest. He had been gun down with a 44 magnum
and was pronounced dead at Yale New Haven Hospital shortly after 3:00
a.m. Officer Daniel Scott Wasson, age 25, was a dedicated police
officer and K-9 handler serving the Town of Milford, Connecticut. Since
joining the police force on March 1, 1985, he had been commended three
times for outstanding performance of duty. He was a U.S. Air Force
veteran and was engaged to be married at the time of his death. General
was retired from police service and adopted by Dan's family. Officer
Wasson is buried in Kings Highway Cemetery in Milford.
Danny Wasson's locker number
43 remains empty to this day serving as a reminder to city police
officers who suit up for work that their fellow officer made the
In 1993, The Connecticut Police Chiefs Association, in cooperation with the
Connecticut Police Work Dog Association, established The Daniel Wasson
Memorial K-9 Award. These annual awards are chosen from line of duty
deployments submitted by Connecticut police canine teams that exemplify
the highest tradition of police canine law enforcement.
Daniel Scott Wasson made the supreme sacrifice; it is in his memory that
this award is bestowed upon a K-9 team each year for outstanding
service. The award plaque honoring Officer Daniel Wasson and the
winners of this prestigious award is proudly displayed in the lobby of
the Connecticut Police Academy in Meriden, Connecticut.
Many, many thanks to the CPWDA and James Cortina, who have worked so
very hard and have done a wonderful job in making this a memorable
tribute to my nephew, Officer Daniel Scott Wasson, who has always held a
very special place in my heart. Due to James Cortina's persistence and
dedication, I was able to locate some more pictures for this tribute and
will continue to do so in the future. Thanks Jim, You're special.
I wanted to take a moment to thank Jim Cortina, the CPWDA and my Aunt
Ginny for helping put together the tribute to Danny Wasson on your
website. It is because of people like Jim, and groups like the CPWDA
that my brothers name and memory will live on.
You are not
Sgt Al Whitney
Yuma County Sheriff's Office, AZ
I just wanted to say how I thank everyone who helped with this website.
I love it ! I come to it a lot and see how much people care for my
On the anniversary of your death, I
salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.
Hello, I am the younger
brother of Officer Daniel Wasson. I just wanted to thank you all for
your hard work on this site. It is very touching too see that my brother
is still remembered so many years after his death. Thanks to all that
have contributed to this page. I wish you all the best.
We grew up together,
played Little League and High School ball together & umpired games
together. You were someone who had a positive influence on my
childhood and whom I admired and respected. I was in the Navy and
away from home when I first heard of your death and I must say I was
very shocked and saddened, it was if part of me had died as well. I
think of you from time to time and know you are watching all of your
fellow schoolmates and sports teammates. For who you were and what
you stood for, I salute you. Until we meet again my brother.
Rest easy, Officer
Wasson. You have served your community well. Please watch over us as
you walk a beat on Heaven's streets.
"We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the
night to visit violence on those who would do us harm." -- George
SSgt. Adam Kieth
U.S. Air Force Academy Police K-9 Unit
Rest well, Dan,
You and your partner, K-9 General, will always be remembered and
Sgt. M. Piscitelli - Dempsey
Milford, P.D. / fiancee
I live in NYC and upon visiting Milford, I saw
officer Wassons' name on the little bridge near the Stone Bridge
Restaurant & Library. I googled his name to find out what had happened
to him. I couldn't believe such a young man was killed in a little town
like this one. What an absolute senseless tragedy. May God bless him &
I knew Danny growing up in Milford, he was part of
our group of friends, and although he was a year ahead of me we also
attended grammar and high school together. I have many wonderful
memories of him. He stopped at our house often when on duty to chat with
my dad and talk about what was going on around town and to remember old
I currently live in Ohio, as do my parents so I dont visit home
regularly, but I often think about Danny and the sweet guy that he was.
He was an incredible man and his loss is still greatly felt all these
I hope if his family reads this site they know that their son was loved
and admired by many, and his honor and dedication to his work and family
will always be something for them to take pride in.
I miss you Danny, but I cant think of a better Guardian Angel for those
of us you left behind.
Kimberly Petro - Stair
I have visited the site many
times and was happy to find a spot where I could say something about
Danny. Seeing the pictures of him there brings back so many memories of
when we were young, and hanging out together. We all loved him so much.
Our lives do go on, but
because of people like you we never forget the people who touched them,
and brought us joy the way Danny did.
Thank you for maintaining the site and for your help in keeping the
memories of Danny alive for all of us. He would be Honored and Proud to
leave this legacy.
I wish you the Happiest of Holidays and a Safe and Happy New Year!
Kim Petro - Stair
My Wife & I knew Danny very well. He was at our
Home many times as a child playing with my Son Scott and all the other
neighborhood Children. We live in Ohio now and everytime I see an
Officer here I am reminded of Danny. He was a wonderful young Man and
his Family can be proud of Him as I was to have known Him.
As an Officer of the Milford Police Dept. He gave his life serving the
People of Milford and they should alway's remember and honor Him as an
Officer and a fine young Man.
George V. Petro
I wanted to thank James Cortina, the CPWDA, and
everyone that contributed to this site. Through my Aunt Ginny's work and
your's you have guaranteed, my brother Danny has not died in vain, and
that he will not be forgotten. I pray this site will be be a reminder to
the citizens of CT. that we can not tolerate crimes like this. Thank you
for everybody's support through the years.
Hello, I am one of Daniel's nieces. I would like
to thank everyone who helped out with this website to my uncle Danny.
Even though I never met my uncle, it is a very poignant moment when I
see this site. Thank you CPWDA and every one else who was involved with
Daniel Scott Wasson for making these tributes!
is a police officer in Milford and him and Dan
used to spend some time around our house as youngsters. Dan,
I know you're hearing us today, God bless you and your family, rest
in peace knowing you are remembered and loved by many.
Joseph Dellamonica Sr.
Remembering Danny on the 20th anniversary of his
death. He won't ever be forgotten.
Carol Codeanne Kupec,
Saint Francis Hospital
On the 20th Anniversary of Danny's death, I want
it to go on record that I will always remember him in a loving way, no
matter how many years it has been. Danny was the type of person no one
would ever forget for his sweet and caring nature.
Love to the Whole Family
Aunt Ginny Hungerford
I moved to Milford in April of 1990 and have lived
here ever since. I recently was named the Head Football Coach at Foran
High. One Of my Asst. Coaches Ryan Tobin has told me many wonderful
stories about Dan. My only hope is that my young son Michael, can
someday grow to be the man , that I now know Dan Wasson was. My regret
is that I never met this wonderful unselfish and giving man. His legacy
will live on my mind and heart. Thanks Ryan Tobin for telling me of this
wonderful man. My Prayers and thoughts are with his family, friends and
Thank YOU for maintaining the website. It's a
Carol Codeanne Kupec
Thank you for being such a great officer
and hero, Officer Wasson. Even after 20 years you are not forgotten.
Rest peacefully while walking a beat on the streets of Heaven.
I didn't know you
but I met your brothers and some other members of your wonderful family
this week as we honored the 20th anniversary of your end of watch
(4/12/87) in DC. Through talking with your loved ones, I got a sense of
who you were as a brother, a man, a co-worker and a friend. You were
taken much too early from us! I know you were there with us in spirit
and continue to be. Thanks for all did here on Earth and what you
continue to do in Heaven. Cheers!
Liz Gall, wife of Det. Frank Gall,
Danny and I played little league football together
for the Lions when we were in sixth grade. After the season I moved to
Florida and never saw him again, yet strangely i still felt like we were
teammates and friends. He was that kind of guy.
My sister was still living in Milford in '87 and she told me what
happened. An absolutely senseless tragedy.
My prayers are with all of his family.
the first Wasson grandchild, and I have had to honor to see and
participate in many ceremonies for you. It breaks my heart to know
that I never had the chance to meet you. I just hope that you know
how many wonderful people went to Washington to honor you, that no
one will ever forget what you did. You are and always will be my
hero, and thanks for being the best guardian angel a niece could
ever ask for.
I had to tell you how sad it was
to see your memorial site to officer Wasson. He sounds like a
really fantastic person. Wish I knew him. I have five police
officers in our family. What ever happened to the sob who
murdered this man? I hope he didn't get away with it.
Please let me know.
HI…My name is Patrick Murphy.
I grew up in Milford, and went to school with Danny and Ray Wasson.
Played H.S. Soccer and spent a lot of time with Ray. This is the first
time I have visited your site and was moved by the tribute to Danny. I
wasn’t expecting it and it took me off guard. Thank you for putting that
Patrick O. Murphy
Greenwich, CT 06830
I was a mere 22
years of age when this happened. Although I did not know him I would
like to say I am very sorry for your lost. He looked like a pretty good
Jim, I compliment you on this wonderful tribute to
Danny. I grew up with Ray and the entire Wasson family and always
thought of them as great friends. Danny and I played baseball together
at Foran High and I always looked to him as a role model and mentor.
When Danny died, a little part of every Milford resident died. I've made
it a point to tell my children all about Danny and what he meant to all
of us. We're all better off for having known Danny. We'll never forget
My thoughts and prayers go out to you
all. I know your pain. Officer Wasson was a fine looking and very brave
young man. May his service never be forgotten.
YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU
SIR FOR YOUR POLICE AND MILITARY SERVICE.
While searching through the internet to provide my students with
information regarding fallen officers, I came upon a web site dedicated
to officer Daniel Wasson. Although it has been many years since officer
Wasson’s death, I felt it important that my students and future officers
understand the responsibility and sacrifices we as police officers make
on a daily basis. I also want them to understand that although we loose
friends and family in this job, they will never be forgotten. This is
extremely important to me because Danny was my friend, my roommate and
work partner when we served in the military. Danny and I lived together
for 3 years, we laughed, partied and enjoyed many good times. I was
heart broken when I learned that Danny died years ago, but he will never
be forgotten. To his family, Danny was a good man terrific friend and
honor to his country.
Lieutenant Mark I. Brown
too remember the day Officer Wasson was gunned down!!! Such a horrible
day in Milford History but also this day was noted as a remarkable
memory of a wonderful and caring Officer. Daniel Wasson rest in Peace.
year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in
the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your
loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW
I served with Danny in the US Air Force. We were at Technical School
together as we trained to become dental technicians. We dated back then
and I was absolutely heart broken when I heard of his death. All these
years later I found this website and I am thrilled to see a beautiful
tribute to a wonderful man. I think of Danny often and his sweet and
gentle spirit always makes me smile. Rest peacefully huggie bear!
Commander Rhonda Johnson Plake
I sit here remembering my dad today who lost his
life on this day. Then I remember Danny. We were part of the Pond Point
Ave crew. We all hung out together. Danny was a so special to us all. He
was simply the kindest, funniest and friendliest kid. I know we all
share fond memories of Danny. I have the utmost respect for him and for
what he did for this community. I'm know I am lucky to have known him he
was a ..gift in my life. He was one of a kind, and will always be missed
so deeply. Its almost nice to know there are two very special "angels"
looking down on me.
Melissa Trembicki Aronson
Big Dan, I am sitting in an airport in Milwaukee
thinking about you . I just logged onto Facebook..you probably dont know
what that is ..well, maybe. Anyway, I was just reading all of the
wonderful comments about you that many of your friends posted. I
probably never told you this but I always wish and strive to be half the
man that you were. I have my faults as we all do and I know I dont
come close to the kind of strong, dedicated, couragous guy that you
were. I sometimes put myself in your shoes that night and try to feel
what you were feeling as you pulled that dirtball over and stared down
at a 44 Magnum. It takes a hero to be out in the middle of the night,
alone, trying to protect everyone , even when many people dont respect
what police do everyday. You are a true hero to all . Love and miss ya
Dan: Although I never had the honor of meeting
you, it is clear from my encounters with the officers Milford Police
Department that you were loved and respected, both as an individual and
a professional. I feel I can speak for the entire fourth class of the
Milford Citizens Police Academy in thanking you on this 24th anniversary
of the end of your watch for your service and sacrifice.
Not a day goes by that I don't think
of you, your picture and poem
written by former Chief Innamarato
hang in my locker. I remember the
early morning hours of April 12,
1987 like it happened yesterday,
when my father woke me and told me
he needed to go to work, I knew
something was wrong. Many people's
lives came unraveled in the next few
hours. I ran into Ray not long ago
and were able to talk for a few
minutes. You are an inspiration to
many and service is greatly
appreciated. rest in peace.
West Haven Police Department
It will be 25 years ago tomorrow, that you were shot and killed
unnecessarily. The Milford Police department will be having a special
dedication in your honor and your brother Raymond, who has always been
there for you, along with your brother Jeffery and his daughter Amanda,
who just became a police officer in NY, will be in attendance to
celebrate you. It is very hard to believe how much time has passed, but
you are and will always be remembered for the outstanding and wonderful
young man that you were and you were loved by many. I can remember when
you were born with all that beautiful blonde curly hair and blue eyes
(my first nephew). I have special fond memories of you and all your
brothers through all the holidays, especially during the Christmas
We love you and you will forever remain in my hearts.
Aunt Ginny and Uncle Stan
We were sitting on my front stairs just making
conversation and the next day you were gone. I still can't believe this
terrible incident took place. You are gone Danny but not forgotten by
many People who knew you and loved you.
George V. Petro
I can't believe 25 years have come and gone since that fateful night you
were taken from your family, your brother and sister officers, your
friends and your community. I just want you to know what a pleasure it
was working with you. RIP Danny. You will never be forgotten.
Thank you for your service..............had read
all the articles and have never forgotten you each year at this time.
25 years...not forgotten for a moment. You are
touching people's lives every day. A true hero.
Your heroism and service is honored today, the
25th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to
inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry was a fellow
police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005
while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.
Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will
always be honored and reserved.
Ipray for solace for all those that love and
remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family
is in my heart's embrace today. Thanks to your family and friends for
sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflection.
Rest in Peace
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater,
Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
Danny, Ijust spent a couple of days at your police
department working with MPD on some survival training. Ialso had the
great pleasure of getting to know Missy. She took me to your grave,
andshowed me the many, many, many ways that your sacrifice is remembered
by the department and the community. You are truly not forgotten
brother. Missy and MPD keep your memory very much alive.
Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith (ret)
Naperville, IL PD
Ain't to many days I don't think about you Danny
boy. Hope all is well in heaven my man, and one day we shall meet again.
Hopefully there is beer, nice cabin by the lake and plenty of good
weather their. I'll bring a football. Later Bro.
Lt. Mark J. Brown
former military roommate
Never had the opportunity to meet Officer Wasson,
but was honored to receive the Danny Wasson K9 Award through the
Connecticut State Police Canine Academy in December 1994. Everytime I
drive onRoute 95 and see the signs for Milford, Connecticut, I think of
Officer Wasson. Come to find out we had three things in common, the love
for the US Air Force, Law Enforcement and working with canines. I'm
approaching my 29th year in military, AF Security Forces. Danny, you
will always be remembered by me and someday we'll have the opportunity
to meet. I look forward to it. Respectfully.
Master Sergeant Brian Sedgley
143 Security Forces Squadron
Thinking of Danny Wasson today, 26 years..Forever
in our Hearts, Never Forgotten, He will always be our Blue Angel, and
Kimberly Petro Stair
I went to Elementary with officer Daniel Wasson
and he was such a great guy. Even as a young boy he was liked by
everyone. RIP Dan we will never forget you.
Douglas M. Dupuis
Just saw the image of Officer Piscitelli saluting
Officer Wasson's coffin in a November 1987 photography magazine. The
loss is papable on her face. As a member of the LE community, Iextend my
condolences even 26 years later. May we never forget.
I just had the pleasure of meeting your brother
Ray. It didn't take long for us to realize that we had a lot in common,
especially K9'S. He shared your story with me and one of my brothers in
blue. He showed us several great pictures of you and your partner
General. He was very proud of you both. I wished I had the chance to
meet you. Brother, you are not forgotten!
Inspector Jason O'Brian
Vermont Dept of Motor Vehicles
Officer Michael Beutel
West Haven Police Department
Another year has passed, always in our thoughts.
West Haven Police Department