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Lieutenant Frank A. Starkel

Connecticut State Police, Connecticut

End of Watch Monday, July 19, 1948

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Reflections for Lieutenant Frank A. Starkel

“The place where[ officer Starkel]parked was the one from which[he] had watched blasting operations for many years. While [he was] seated in the automobile, shortly before the blast occurred, the general superintendent of the quarry came along in his car. After stopping, he said to [Starkel], "You are not going to sit here, are you?" To this the decedent replied, "You take care of your business and I'll take care of mine." The superintendent then left and drove entirely off the premises. At 12:59 p.m. the decedent got out of the automobile to answer a call of nature. Within a minute, the charge in the new hole was fired, causing the dynamite in the misfired hole also to explode. The result was that an umbrella of stone, of varying sizes and weights, was rifled out over the quarry floor and beyond. The decedent was then standing with his back to the explosion. While in that position he was struck by a flying stone. He was taken to the hospital and died on the same day as the result of his injuries.” He died a hero.

frederick crowe

January 19, 2022

Rest in peace Lt. Starkel.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 27, 2019

Rest in Peace Lieutenant Starkel. Your sacrifice has not been forgotten nearly 65 years later.

Hopewell Police Department, Hopewell, VA

March 21, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 65th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

January 12, 2013

Rest in Peace, Lieutenant Starkel. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 1, 2012

Thinking of you and your sacrifice on this day.

Connecticut State Police

January 11, 2008

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

February 16, 2006

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