by Kevin Hanes | March 11, 2016
New Haven Police Det. Andrew Faggio’s name will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., after an aggressive campaign by the AFSCME Law Enforcement Committee. Detective Faggio was on his way to a stake out when he suffered a traumatic brain injury in an automobile accident.
His injury left him in a minimally conscious state for nine years, until he died in 2012. He was survived by his wife, Jennifer, and 2 sons, Andrew Jr. and Nicholas, now 17 and 14 respectively.
“I never lost hope that Andrew would be honored for his ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty,” said Jennifer. “When I got the call, I was emotional and excited all at once. My sons Nicholas and Andrew, 11 months and 5 years old at the time of the accident, didn’t really have happy memories of their father outside of a wheelchair.”
She explained that although they heard about him from other officers and family friends, this honor memorialized who he was as a man. “My sons will never forget this and will someday be able to take their children to the monument so they will know about Andrew,” she said.
The AFSCME Law Enforcement Committee had been campaigning since 2013 on behalf of Faggio, including a petition and letter writing campaign to in an effort to have Andrew included on the wall. His name will be unveiled at a candlelight vigil on May 13, during National Police Week. AFSCME is an original partner of the Memorial fund.
“Officer Faggio dedicated his life to keeping his community safe,” said AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders. “His ultimate sacrifice will be forever enshrined on the memorial wall alongside 96 other brave women and men from AFSCME who also made the ultimate sacrifice. When it counted most, the members of AFSCME stood together, signing petitions, making calls and sending letters to urge the memorial to include Andrew on the wall.”
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