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Officer Daniel Scott Wasson

Milford Police Department, Connecticut

End of Watch Sunday, April 12, 1987

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Reflections for Officer Daniel Scott Wasson

On the day when the City of Milford reflects and re-honors the life of my good friend, Danny WASSON.
Danny and I graduated from the CT State Police 11th K-9 Training Troop in 1986. His K-9 Partner "General" out ranked my K-9 Partner Sargent., and Danny never let "us" forget.
Along with the Wasson Family, the City of Milford, Danny's fellow officers and Danny's host of friends, we all must remember Danny, the other first responders that have lost their lives protecting us.
I was proud to know and have had Danny as a friend.
"RIP Brother"

Vin Costanzo. Ret. West Haven Police

May 15, 2022

35 Years and still not forgotten.

Patrol Officer James Kiely retired
Milford Police Department

April 11, 2022

Rest in peace Officer Wasson.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 24, 2021

30 years ago today.. never forgotten

Teresa La Marca

April 12, 2017

another year has passed, always in our thoughts

Det. Flaherty
West Haven Police Department

April 12, 2016

R.I.P. Brother

Officer Michael Beutel
West Haven Police Department

December 27, 2014

RIP Brother

Howard Parmelee

September 24, 2013


I just had the pleasure of meeting your brother Ray. It didn't take long for us to realize that we had a lot in common, especially K9's. He shared your story with me and one of my brothers in blue. He showed us several great pictures of you and your partner General. He is very proud of you both. I wished I had the chance to meet you. Brother, you are not forgotten!

Inspector Jason O'Brian
Vermont Dept of Motor Vehicles

September 10, 2013

Just saw the image of Officer Piscitelli saluting Officer Wasson's coffin in a November 1987 photography magazine. The loss is palpable on her face. As a member of the LE community, I extend my condolences even 26 years later. May we never forget.

sarah foster
cspd mcl

May 22, 2013

Never had the opportunity to meet Officer Wasson, but was honored to receive the Danny Wasson K9 Award through the Connecticut State Police Canine Academy in December 1994. Everytime I drive on Route 95 and see signs for Milford, Connecticut, I think of Officer Wasson. Come to find out we had three things in common, the love for the US Air Force, Law Enforcement and working with canines. I'm approaching my 29th year in the military, AF Security Forces. Danny, you will always be remembered by me and someday we'll have the opportunity to meet, I look forward to it. Respectfully.

Master Sergeant Brian Sedgley
143 Security Forces Squadron

January 14, 2013

Aint to many days I don't think about you Danny boy. Hope all is well in heaven my man, and one day we shall meet again. Hopefully there is beer, nice cabin by the lake and plenty of good weather their, I'll bring a football. Later Bro

Lt Mark I. Brown
former military roommate

November 14, 2012

Danny, I just spent a couple of days at your police department working with MPD on some survival training. I also had the great pleasure of getting to know Missy. She took me to your grave, and showed me the many, many ways that your sacrifice is remembered by the department and the community. You are truly not forgotten brother, Missy and MPD keep your memory very much alive.

Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith (ret.)
Naperville, IL PD

July 25, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 25th anniversary of your death. 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.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace today. Thanks to your family and friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflection.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

April 12, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Wasson. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 4, 2012

Officer Wasson,
Not a day goes by that I don't think of you, your picture and poem written by former Chief Innamarato hang in my locker. I remember the early morning hours of April 12, 1987 like it happened yesterday, when my father woke me and told me he needed to go to work, I knew something was wrong. Many people's lives came unraveled in the next few hours. I ran into Ray not long ago and were able to talk for a few mintues. You are an inspiration to many and service is greatly appreciated. rest in peace.

Officer Flaherty
West Haven Police Department

July 29, 2011

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

April 12, 2010


Pat Van Den Berghe

August 26, 2008

My thoughts and prayers go out to you all. I know your pain. Officer Wasson was a fine looking and very brave young man. May his service never be forgotten.

Cindy, Arkansas
Sister of slain Officer Randy Basnett, eow 9-24-1976

August 10, 2008

I was a mere 22 years of age when this happened. Although I did not know him I would like to say I am very sorry for your lost. He looked like a pretty good guy.


January 9, 2008

"The Badge"
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

September 25, 2007

Thank you for being such a great officer and hero, Officer Wasson. Even after 20 years you are not forgotten. Rest peacefully while walking a beat on the streets of Heaven.

April 12, 2007

Rest well, Dan. You and your partner, K-9 General, will always be remembered and missed.

Sgt. M. Piscitelli-Dempsey
Milford PD/fiancee

November 28, 2006

Rest easy, Officer Wasson. You have served your community well. Please watch over us as you walk a beat on Heaven's streets.

"We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm." -- George Orwell

SSgt Adam Keith
U.S. Air Force Academy Police K-9 Unit

September 30, 2006

We grew up together, played Little League and High School ball together & umpired games together. You were someone who had a positive influence on my childhood and whom I admired and respected. I was in the Navy and away from home when I first heard of your death and I must say I was very shocked and saddened, it was if part of me had died as well. I think of you from time to time and know you are watching all of your fellow schoolmates and sports teammates. For who you were and what you stood for, I salute you. Until we meet again my brother..

Steve Romanoff
Childhood Friend

July 28, 2006

On the anniversary of your death, I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

April 12, 2005

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