Police have identified the Westport police officer, who was found dead at his home in Newtown on Wednesday morning.
Officers received a medical call on Elizabeth Street around 6:45 a.m. Upon arrival, the officers found the body of 48-year-old Robert Myer.
Myer is Westport police officer and a member of Newtown Police Department's Board of Police Commissioners.
"On behalf of Chief James Viadero and the Newtown Police Department, this day is a tragic loss for the family, friends and community of Newtown,” the Newtown Police Department said in a statement on Wednesday.
Myer served the Westport community for more than 23 years and first joined the department as an intern in 1991 and was hired full-time in 1992.
Officials said he was promoted to the rank of corporal in 2014 and to the rank of sergeant in 2015. He was also assigned as a supervisor in the Patrol Division.
In addition to his regular assigned duties, he served as a member of the Southwest Regional Emergency Response Team as a crisis negotiator, was a member of the Westport Police Department Crisis Intervention Team, the WPD Marine Division and WPD Honor Guard. He received numerous awards throughout his career as well as dozens of letters from citizens thanking him for his assistance and dedication.
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe said, “It was with profound sadness that I learned of Sergeant Myer’s passing. He represented the Police Department and the Town of Westport with utmost professionalism and honor. Our focus now is to support his fellow Police Officers at this difficult time. And I respectfully request that all Westporters do the same.”
Chief Foti Koskinas said, “Regardless of his assignment, Sgt. Myer always served our community to the best of his abilities. Bob will be greatly missed. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and we again ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this extremely difficult time.”
An autopsy will be performed on the body by the Medical Examiner’s Office to determine cause and manner of death.
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