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Danbury Mayor encourages public safety personnel to use services available to them

A funeral is being held today for Danbury Police Sgt. Drew Carlson, who died on Sunday of a self-inflicted gun shot wound.  Mass at St. Peter Church on Main Street will be at 10:30am, followed by burial at St. Peter’s Cemetery on Kenosia Avenue. 


Danbury Police are cautioning area drivers that there will be possible road closures for the funeral procession. 


Out of town uniformed police and public safety personnel attending the funeral will be assembling at Kenosia Park starting at 9am to board buses that will transport them to the church.  Honor Guards are welcome, but Danbury Police asked that they not bring flags or rifles. 


Mayor Mark Boughton says Sgt. Carlson loved his job, was a really good person and had an admiration for his fellow officers.  Carlson was one of the first people waiting for Boughton when he got back from the hospital last week. 


Boughton encouraged public safety personnel to use the services offered.  He noted that if police, fire or EMS employees don't feel right about something they should at least reach out to a mentor within the department.  If an emergency responder is having a hard time, Boughton stressed again that they want to know about it because there are resources available.  But he says if they don't know, they can't bring those resources to bear.