I-84 Rest Area to Be Dedicated to Fallen Officer

Thursday, Sep 19, 2013  |  Updated 10:56 AM EDT
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I-84 Rest Area to Be Dedicated to Fallen Officer

Connecticut State Police

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A rest area on Interstate 84 East in Southington will be dedicated in honor of a state trooper who was killed while helping people in a disabled car on the highway in 1992.

Trooper Edward Truelove had stopped for a disabled motorist on Interstate I-84 in Cheshire on Nov. 13, 1992 when the fiery fatal crash happened.

According to Hartford Courant reports at the time, Truelove was a volunteer trooper and told the brother and sister who were in the car that they were in a dangerous spot and to get out of the car.

He got the people in the vehicle to safety, called for a tow truck and was using strobe lights to try and secure the scene, according to the state police.

Several minutes later, an interstate truck driver hauling 70,000 pounds of cardboard hit the back of the cruiser and Truelove was killed in the crash.

Truelove was 72 when he was killed, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

The rest area on the eastbound side of the highway in Southington will be dedicated at 11 a.m. on Friday.
 

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