Patrolman Milton L. Hodder

Patrolman Milton L. Hodder

Hamden Police Department, Connecticut

End of Watch Thursday, April 22, 1943

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Milton L. Hodder

Patrolman Milton Hodder was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver while directing traffic on Dixwell Avenue in front of a factory.

The driver of the vehicle fled the scene but was forced to the side of the road by a witness approximately 300 feet down the road and apprehended.

The 26-year-old driver was convicted of misconduct in the use of a motor vehicle and sentenced to 3 to 5 years. On November 18, 1954, he was charged with hit-and-run, and felony drunk driving, after he drove his car onto a sidewalk and hit a man. He said he just wanted to scare the man and did not mean to hit him.

Patrolman Hodder had been appointed to the Hamden Police Department as a supernumerary officer on November 10, 1927, and was appointed as a regular officer the following year. He had served with the agency for a total of 15 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge 3

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Sentenced to 5 years

directing traffic, hit-and-run

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Officer Hodder, it has been 81 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 15 years of law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

April 22, 2024

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