Newtown officers investigating ‘untimely death’ of Westport sergeant

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Officer MyerNEWTOWN — Police in Newtown are investigating the death of a fellow officer from a neighboring town. Wednesday morning, just before 6:45 a.m., police were called to a home on Elizabeth Street in Newtown for a “medical assist.”

When officers arrived, they determined it was an “untimely death” investigation, according to a release by the Newtown Police Department.

Police identified the victim as Westport Sergeant Robert Myer, 48. A relative at the home originally called 911.

“On behalf of Chief James Viadero and the Newtown Police Department, this day is a tragic loss for the family, friends and community of Newtown,” said a statement from Newtown officers.

The State Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the cause of the death.

Westport Police released the following statement:

The Westport Police Department and the Town of Westport are saddened by the tragic loss of Sergeant Robert Myer. We extend our sincerest condolences to his family and friends.

First Selectman Jim Marpe said, “It was with profound sadness that I learned of Sergeant Myer’s passing.  He represented the Police Department and the Town of Westport with utmost professionalism and honor. Our focus now is to support his fellow Police Officers at this difficult time. And I respectfully request that all Westporters do the same.”

Sergeant Myer served the Westport community, his hometown, with honor and distinction for more than 23 years with the Westport Police Department. He first joined the department as an intern in 1991 and was hired as a fulltime Officer in 1992. He was promoted to the rank of Corporal in 2014 and to the rank of Sergeant in 2015. Upon receiving this promotion, he was assigned as a supervisor in the Patrol Division.

In addition to his regular assigned duties, he served as a member of the Southwest Regional Emergency Response Team as a crisis negotiator, was a member of the Westport Police Department Crisis Intervention Team, the WPD Marine Division and WPD Honor Guard. He received numerous awards throughout his career as well as dozens of letters from citizens thanking him for his assistance and dedication.

Chief Foti Koskinas said, “Regardless of his assignment, Sgt. Myer always served our community to the best of his abilities. Bob will be greatly missed. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and we again ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this extremely difficult time.”