Connecticut State Police are mourning the loss of First Class Stephen Davis, who died unexpectedly following a hunting accident in Texas on Saturday, said police.
Davis most recently served at Troop C in Tolland. A 27-year veteran of the state police, he entered the State Police Academy on April 4, 1988, and graduated with the 98th Training Troop on Sept. 2, 1988.
During his career he served as a Tolland resident trooper, a DARE instructor and field training officer for new troopers. Davis was also actively involved with the Troop C Explorer Post. He lived in Hebron with his family.
A highly respected trooper, Davis served with distinction and was well-liked by troopers and administrators at Troop C and throughout the agency. During his career, he earned a Medal for Lifesaving award from the state police, police said.
“TFC Davis was truly passionate about being a trooper, and his attention to detail was superb. Stephen was a true professional and a well-respected member of this department," said Lt. Scott Smith, commanding officer of Troop C, sharing the troop's sentiment.
“The unexpected passing of TFC Davis is a loss for this agency,” said Dora B. Schriro, commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.
“TFC Davis swore to serve and protect the public and he did so as a true professional, earning the respect of his peers.”
Col. Brian Meraviglia, commanding officer of the Connecticut State Police, described TFC Davis as “a dedicated, distinguished member of the Connecticut State Police family. His brother and sister troopers at Troop C and throughout the agency will miss him tremendously.”
Fellow Trooper TFC Daniel McCarthy shared a Mark Twain quote to describe his friend and co-worker, “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
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