Bill Armstrong sent along this photo of Westport Police Sergeant Robert Myer, who died this morning.
Westport marine policeman Bob Myer was in his element here.
He was the most gracious, friendly and informative law enforcement officer one could ever hope to meet. He had a special relationship with the shell fishermen in our town and knew almost all of them by name, even as he enforced the regulations.
He will be missed by his many friends and admirers.
The Westport Police Department’s flag flies at half staff, and black bunting covers the main and side entrances to headquarters on Jesup Green.
The department — and town — are stunned by the death of Sergeant Robert Myer. The 48-year-old died early today at his home in Newtown, where he lived. Police in that town have called it an “untimely death.”
Sgt. Robert Myer, on marine patrol.
Myer is a Westport native, and 23-year member of the WPD. He joined the department as an intern in 1991, and was hired full-time the following year. He was promoted to corporal in 2014, and sergeant in 2015.
Many Westporters knew Myer as a member of the Police Department’s Marine Division. He also served as a member of the Southwest Regional Emergency Response Team as a crisis negotiator, and the WPD Honor Guard.
He earned numerous awards throughout his career, and received dozens of letters from citizens thanking him for his assistance and dedication.
Police Chief Foti Koskinas said, “Regardless of his assignment, Sgt. Myer always served our community to the best of his abilities. Bob will be greatly missed. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family. We ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this extremely difficult time.”
First Selectman Jim Marpe added, “He represented the Police Department and the Town of Westport with utmost professionalism and honor. Our focus now is to support his fellow police officers at this difficult time. I respectfully request that all Westporters do the same.”
On a gray day, the Westport Police Department flew at half-staff and black bunting hung on the doors, honoring Sgt. Robert Myer.
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