Constables Canned

Two Westbrook constables were fired Wednesday after a lengthy investigation into their delayed response to check on an elderly woman who might need help because she was reported acting strangely while walking in a rainstorm one night last June.

Elsie White, 68, of Westbrook was found dead by a town resident on June 19 floating in front of a Old Kelsey Point Road home.

White was found one day after the constables were alerted that a woman appeared to need help, according to a state police investigation of the constables' actions. The officer of the chief medical examiner ruled White's death an accidental drowning.

Westbrook's First Selectman Noel Bishop officially notified part-time Constables Robert Powers and Rhea Milardo that they were terminated after a three-member board of selectman recommended they be let go for failing to act quickly to help the woman.

Milardo and Powers were originally placed on paid leave in October pending the state police investigation into whether they displayed a lack of urgency in responding to the call.

White's family has filed notice that it intends to sue.

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