Patrol Officer Charles Yodkins, Sr.

Patrol Officer Charles Yodkins, Sr.

Farmington Police Department, Connecticut

End of Watch Friday, August 19, 1955

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Charles Yodkins, Sr.

Officer Yodkins drowned while attempting to rescue a couple who were trapped in flood waters in River Glen. Officer Yodkins had already successfully rescued several other stranded residents and was attempting another rescue when his boat capsized.

Officer Yodkins was posthumously awarded a Carnegie Hero Medal for his actions that day. On the 50th anniversary of his death he was also posthumously awarded his department's Medal of Valor.


  • Age 43
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

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Officer Yodkins, it has been 68 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your military and law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

August 19, 2023

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