Memorial for Fallen Officers
Honoring the BraveSince the department's inception in 1913, four members of the Norwalk Police Department have been killed in the line of duty. This page serves as a remembrance to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Sergeant Frank S. Stratton
Shortly after 5:00 am on October 14, 1930, Sergeant Frank Stratton was on patrol in the area of East Avenue and Westport Avenue when he noticed a suspicious motor vehicle. Sergeant Stratton decided to stop the eastbound car and investigate. Once the vehicle was stopped, it was discovered that the two men inside, both uniformed Marines, were AWOL and had stolen the car. The two men were taken into custody and as Sergeant Stratton was leading the suspects to his patrol car he was struck by a speeding motor vehicle, which was traveling westbound on Westport Avenue.
Sergeant Stratton was 64 years old at the time of his death.
Officer Sherrald Gorton
While working a traffic assignment at a construction site on Richards Avenue, Officer Gorton was killed when an 18-ton dump truck struck him as it was backing.
Officer Gorton was 37 years old at the time of his death.
Sergeant Nicholas W. Fera
Sergeant Nicholas Fera was shot and killed while attempting the arrest of two armed robbery suspects. Two men had robbed the west Norwalk branch of the Connecticut National bank shortly before Sergeant Fera observed them travelling on Connecticut Avenue. When he attempted to take them into custody, gunfire erupted, which left Sergeant Fera and one of the suspects fatally wounded.
Sergeant Fera was 45 at the time of his death.
Officer Marco Carias
Shortly after midnight on March 20, 1982, Officer Marco Carias was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident while operating an undercover State Police vehicle. Officer Carias had completed his undercover investigative duties, as part of his assignment to the Statewide Narcotics Task Force, and was returning the vehicle to the State Police Garage at Troop G, which was then in Westport. While traveling on Sugar Hollow Road in Danbury, Officer Carias' vehicle struck a utility pole resulting in multiple and severe injuries to which he would later succumb.
Officer Carias was 26 years old at the time of his death.