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Heroic Wilton Officer Dies After Battle With Cancer

Wilton police Sgt. Thomas 'TJ' Tunney
Wilton police Sgt. Thomas 'TJ' Tunney Photo Credit: Wilton Police Department

WILTON, Conn. -- Wilton Police Sgt. Thomas "TJ" Tunney died after a fight with cancer, the Wilton Police Department announced Sunday.

"It is with heavy heart that the Wilton Police Department announce the passing of Sergeant Thomas "TJ" Tunney. He was a long time member of the Wilton Police Department and served with dedication. May he rest in peace," the Wilton Police Department wrote in a Facebook post Sunday afternoon.

Tunney was born in 1954 and served with the Wilton Police Department for 31 years. He was named the 2013 Officer of the Year after he saved a man from a burning car.

After he was diagnosed with cancer, his fellow officers decided to help him with his medical bills and other expenses. A fund was set up to help Tunney, and a dinner was planned for 6 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Ponus Yacht Club in Stamford.

To attend, contact Lt. Robert Cippola or Sgt. Hartman (david.hartman@WiltonCT.org) at the Wilton Police Department at 203-834-6260. Tickets are $40 per person, which will include a buffet dinner.

Donations by check can also be made to the Wilton Police Benevolent Association with a notation of “TJ” in the memo section. Donations can be sent or delivered to the Wilton Police Department, 240 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897.

Funeral arrangements for Tunney have not yet been announced.

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