Members of a Long Island police department are mourning the death of a respected officer who served for 26 years.
Detective Sgt. James Stapleton died from cancer at the age of 49 on Saturday, Oct. 2, according to the Suffolk County Police Department.
“James was a fantastic human being and one of the finest officers and detectives I have had the honor of meeting in my 34-years as a police officer,” Fourth Precinct Inspector Michael Romagnoli said. “His loss will be felt not only as a colleague but as a friend.”
Stapleton earned 10 command recognitions and three departmental recognitions for distinguished police work during his decades-long career with the SCPD.
“Detective Sergeant James Stapleton truly exemplified what it means to be a member of the Suffolk County Police Department through his work ethic, dedication to duty, and character,” Acting Suffolk County Police Commissioner Stuart Cameron said. “The Suffolk County Police family has suffered a tremendous loss with his passing and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.”
A private funeral mass is scheduled to be held for Stapleton later this week.
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