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Police Union President Dies ‘Unexpectedly’

HARTFORD — Mayor Pedro E. Segarra and Chief of Police James C. Rovella on Monday announced the untimely death of Sgt.  Richard Rodriguez, Jr., the president of the Police Union.

t Rodriguez has served the City of Hartford since 1990, first as a Police and Fire Dispatcher then as a Police Officer. He joined the department and graduated from the police academy in 1996.  He spent many years active with the Hartford Police Union including six years as the Union President.

City officials said his passing is a great loss for the city.

“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of Sergeant Richard Rodriguez.  Sergeant Rodriguez was found deceased in his home earlier today.  The circumstances of his untimely death are currently under investigation. At this point foul play is not suspected,” Rovella said

To honor Rodriguez’s service to the city and the police department, sworn personnel are expected to cover their badges with the black mourning bands until the day of the funeral.

Funeral arrangements are pending and further information will be forthcoming.

City officials will lower its flags to half-staff until conclusion of the funeral.

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