Gone but not forgotten. The names of the three members of the Westport Police Department who died in the line of duty, dating back to 1924, are now etched in stone on the new Westport Police Memorial, the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C., and the Connecticut Law Enforcement Memorial in Meriden.
The tributes came about in large part to efforts by Westport Police Officer Casey Mezerewski, who in his rookie year in 2008 suggested to his supervisors there should be a memorial for fallen members of Westport's police force. That number includes Mezerewski's great-grandfather, Constable William Frawley, whose life was cut short at age 35 from an injury he suffered while making an arrest in May 1936. Also, while Mezerewski was training at the Connecticut Police Academy, the rookies had to do a report on an officer listed on the state memorial. Surprisingly, his great-grandfather was not among those included on the memorial.