Late Danbury constable memorialized in nation’s capital

May 15, 2019 GMT

DANBURY — Members of the police department participated in a candlelight vigil in Washington, D.C., Monday to honor fallen law enforcement officers, including one of Hat City’s own.

Frederick Potter Ellis was a Danbury police constable who suffered a fatal heart attack May 2, 1964.

The 68-year-old was conducting traffic control at the scene of a major fire at the Pahquioque Avenue and East Liberty Street intersection when he died.

Ellis was one of the 371 fallen law enforcement officers honored at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund’s 31st Annual Candlelight Vigil on May 13.


Also honored was Staff Sgt. Todd James “TJ” Lobraico Jr., of Sherman, who died in Afghanistan while serving with the U.S. Air Force on Sept. 5, 2013.

Ellis was a lifelong Danbury resident and war veteran, who served as a city firefighter for 21 years before becoming constable.

He was also a member of several groups, including Veterans of Foreign Wars, Old 8th Company, Coast Artillery Corps, the Connecticut National Guard, Danbury Constables Association and the American Legion.