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In Memoriam: Officer Brian Aselton

Today is 14th anniversary of the passing of East Hartford police officer, a former South Windsor resident.

Today is the 14th anniversary that East Hartford police officer Brian Aselton, a South Windsor High graduate, was killed in the line of duty.

Aselton (South Windsor High ‘90) was shot while responding to a noise complaint at an apartment complex. He walked in on a robbery in progress, according to a brianaselton.org. Aselton was 26 years old.

The person who shot Aselton was convicted of murder in 2003 and is serving a life sentence, according to the website.

Aselton was laid to rest at Wapping Cemetery in South Windsor.

"It is estimated that 10,000 people, comprised of family members, friends, police officers, firefighters, ambulance personnel, military personnel, and civilians, attended the funeral," according to brianaselton.org.

An annual 5K memorial run is held in his memory and a scholarship fund is also set up in his honor. The Aselton Memorial Fitness Center as well as a section of I-84 through East Hartford are also named for him.

While the intent is to recognize Officer Aselton with this post, people are also welcome to share their memories of him in the comment section below.

Richard Aries January 23, 2013 at 08:34 PM
In this cynical age we live in, with a culture that focusses on the darker corners of the human condition, it does us well to remember the commitment, dedication and--too often--the sacrifices that police officers make on our behalf. I did not know Officer Aselton, but I consider myself fortunate to "see him" at the town gym regularly (see pics in article), and when I do, I always say a silent thank you to him.
Lori January 24, 2013 at 03:21 PM
I did not know him personally. My husband is a Serg on the HPD. He has been serving since 1994. I feel so sad when I hear of such tragic outcomes to our finest. May God keep bless his family and the rest of the brave officers that do not get enough credit or enough pay for risking their lives EVERYDAY.

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