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A Tribute to our Fallen Officers

Officer Michael L. BriggsOfficer Briggs BadgeOfficer Michael L. Briggs - 1971-2006

On October 16, 2006, at 0245 hours, Officer Michael Briggs and his partner responded to a domestic disturbance call involving shots fired at 337 Lake Ave. He attempted to detain and speak to a 26-year-old suspect, Michael Addison, who was seen walking in the area of Litchfield Lane and Lincoln Street. As he approached, Addison turned and fired a single gunshot from a pistol, wounding Officer Briggs. Officer Michael Briggs succumbed to his injuries later the next day, October 17, 2006. At the time of his death, Michael was 35 years of age and a five-year veteran of the Manchester Police Department.

Officer Ralph MillerOfficer Miller BadgeOfficer Ralph Miller - 1951-1976

At about 11:30 p.m. on October 2, 1976, Officer Ralph Miller responded to 119 Hall Street to check a report of a loud party. Cleo Roy, age 15, was armed with a rifle and was standing silhouetted in the doorway as Officer Miller approached the residence. Roy raised the rifle and fired a shot, striking Officer Miller in the upper chest. Officer Miller died later that night at the Catholic Medical Center - East. at the time of his death, Officer Miller was 25 years old and had served as a Manchester Police Officer for one year.

Inspector William MoherInspector Moher BadgeInspector William Moher - 1864-1921

On July 2, 1921, Inspector William Moher initiated a foot pursuit of Oscar Richards, a burglary suspect, and Hillsborough County Jail escapee. The pursuit ended in a gun battle. Richards was shot and killed by Inspector Moher, but in the exchange of gunfire, Richards also shot the Inspector. Moher died later at the Sacred Heart Hospital on July 3, 1921. At the time of his death, Inspector Moher was 57 years old and a 22-year veteran of the Manchester Police Department.



Officer Frank Dustin - 1859-1918

On May 20, 1918, Police Officer Frank Dustin suffered a fatal heart attack while pursuing a man who exposed himself at Stark Park at 550 River Road in Manchester at 7 pm.

Officer Dustin completed his shift and was tending his war memorial garden when he was notified that a man was exposing himself at the park. The suspect fled when approached, and a foot pursuit ensued. Near the entrance to the park, Officer Dustin collapsed and could not be resuscitated. Other officers arrested the subject.

Officer Dustin had served with the Manchester Police Department for 21 years. He was survived by his wife, four nieces, and one nephew.


 Sergeant Henry McAllister -1846-1895 

On May 21, 1895, Fred Stockwell entered the Manchester Police Department looking for Sgt. Henry McAllister, with who he had a long-standing grudge. Stockwell made his way to the roll call room, where he located Sgt. McAllister. Stockwell drew a revolver and shot McAllister three times, killing him almost immediately. At the time of his death, Sgt. McAllister was 49 years old and a three-year veteran of the Manchester Police Department.