This award was established in honor of Officer Jack VanDeusen a 15 year veteran of this department who unexpectedly passed away in 2003.
As in all of the years since the officer of the Year award was established the first line supervisors make recommendations as to who they feel works consistently throughout the year and is deserving of the Award. It is not just one event or arrest that makes an officer eligible for this award but dedication to his or her chosen profession and to the town of Wilton. This year’s officer of the year is a highly productive patrol officer who volunteers for all assignments as they become available. He has taken little sick time and is always proactive in his approach in law enforcement.
[David Hartman] grew up in Wilton, graduated from WHS in 1994 and Marist college in 1998. He became a member of the department in 1999 holding the following assignments throughout his tenure here; Patrol officer, five years of which he was assigned to the Strategic Traffic Unit, Field Training Officer, Child Safety seat technician and has received two life saving awards.
He is a past union president, V.P. and secretary.
His community services include:
Participation in the Special Olympics Torch Run each year, volunteering at each Tip-A-Cop to raise money for Special Olympics and two years raising money to fight cancer in children by participating in the St. Baldricks fund raising campaigns.
He also responded to the World Trade Center shortly after the 9-11 attacks with the Wilton EMS to deliver supplies to the rescue workers.
This year’s officer of the year lives with his wife Lisa their three children, Kaitlin 6, Connor, 5, and Ryan, 2. I present to you the 2011 officer of the year David Hartman.