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Young Connecticut police officer dies from heart attack

December 23, 2019 GMT

GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) — Hundreds of people attended a memorial service of a young Connecticut police officer who died after suffering a heart attack.

Greenwich Officer Justin Quagliani, originally from West Haven, died last Tuesday at the age of 38 from a heart attack, according to his family. Dozens of police officers attended the service Monday along with hundreds of mourners at St. Michael’s Church in Greenwich.

Rev. Thomas Nin, a police chaplain, eulogized him as a good officer who had a “Herculean” physique and a good sense of humor.

He received a commendation this year for saving the life of a resident by performing CPR.

Christine Quagliani, the officer’s aunt, told the New Haven Register he had a physically imposing presence but was “a teddy bear on the inside.”

The Army veteran became an officer in 2015 and said at the time it was a dream of his to become an officer.

Greenwich Police Lt. John Slusarz said Quagliani was well-liked and had a lot of friends in the department.

Quagliani is survived by his wife and his 3-year old daughter, in addition to four brothers, a sister and father.