NEWINGTON – The Newington Police Department is mourning the sudden passing of one of its own.
Officer Alan Tancreti on Saturday suffered an off-duty medical emergency at his home, where first responders and medical staff performed life-saving techniques to no avail.
“Words cannot express the tremendous loss our family feels after losing Alan,” said Newington police Sgt. Ryan Deane.
The death of Tancreti, a father of three, left the police department carrying “the burden of a heavy heart,” Deane added.
“‘Tank,’ as he was affectionately known throughout the department, was ambitious, caring, supportive and a great compliment to an amazing group of professionals,” Deane said. “Alan, above all else, was a dedicated father to his three children.”
Tancreti – who was with the Newington Police Department for seven and a half years – notably in 2018 responded to a fire at the Grantmoor Motor Lodge and, without hesitation, put his own life in danger when he entered the building to help other officers evacuate those in the motel and get them to safety. Tancreti was among several officers who were taken to the hospital after jumping into action in the burning building.
Following the news of Tancreti’s death, Deane said, Newington police received an “outpouring of support” from other law enforcement agencies and the community.
“We have been receiving messages of support from the community and other agencies through our social media pages and personal interactions,” Deane continued. “It is evident that Alan touched a lot of people and made an impact with the community.”
The sergeant added that police “ask that you pray for the Tancreti family as well as our Newington Police family during this extremely difficult time.”
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809