By Lisa Capobianco
The local community gathered with state officials last week to commemorate and honor an auxiliary trooper who sacrificed his life while in the line of duty.
Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, along with State Representative Al Adinolfi and at least 40 law enforcement officers, unveiled a ceremonial sign in the rest area of exit 28 on the eastbound side of Interstate 84 to honor the former Auxiliary Trooper Edward Truelove, who served for 23 years.
“His dedication to duty never swayed,” Lieutenant Paul Vance said. “He was a kind man … [and] gave his life to protect others.”
In November 1992, Truelove helped a disabled vehicle along I-84 near exit 26 in Cheshire, according to a press release from Adinolfi’s website. He returned to his cruiser to call for a tow truck after bringing the driver and passenger to a safe spot, and a tractor trailer crashed into his car, killing the 72-year-old trooper immediately.
Wyman and other officials recognized that Truelove’s actions saved the lives of the people he helped out.
“I learned how caring and thoughtful he was,” Lieutenant Governor Wyman said. “Ed Truelove was truly a hero.”
The rest area now bears a sign in the trooper’s name, designated with the title, “Auxiliary Trooper Edward W. Truelove Memorial Rest Area.” Truelove’s sister, Marjorie Ferry, also received the same sign as a token of gratitude and respect for her brother’s actions.
“It is really a shock,” Ferry said. “It is something he deserves.”
Representative Adinolfi said his legislative efforts to make a ceremonial tribute would not have happened without the suggestion of Cheshire resident and auxiliary trooper Michael Suntava and the help of the Transportation Committee. The proposal became law on July 1.
“Twenty-one years is far too long to formally honor a fallen law enforcement officer,” Rep. Adinolfi said. “This piece of legislation, approved in both the House and Senate, and signed into law by the Governor, is simply a small token of our gratitude to Auxiliary Trooper Truelove.”
Rep. Adinolfi also recognized other troopers who face the same catastrophes every day.
“Let us also not forget how important each and every one of our state troopers are—and let us not forget Edward W. Truelove,” Rep. Adinolfi said. “This rest area—a short distance from where he perished—will live on in state history, in his memory.”
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By Lisa Capobianco