North Haven, CT – Newington Police Department (NPD) Officer Alan “Tank” Tancreti died on Oct. 1 after suffering a medical emergency while off-duty.
The 49-year-old officer suffered “an unexpected medical emergency” while off-duty at his North Haven home, the NPD Sergeant Ryan Deane said in a press release on Oct. 3.
“Despite the valiant efforts of first responders and medical staff Officer Tancreti passed away,” Sgt. Deane wrote. “Words can not express the tremendous loss our family feels after losing Alan.”
Officer Tancreti’s exact cause of death was not immediately released.
Prior to his career in law enforcement, Officer Tancreti spent many years working as a teacher at North Haven Middle School, according to his obituary.
“His quick wit in the classroom and love of US History will be remembered by all he taught and then some,” the tribute read.
Officer Tancreti joined the NPD seven years ago.
“’Tank’ as he was [affectionately] known throughout the department was ambitious, caring, supportive, and a great compliment to an amazing group of professionals,” Sgt. Deane said. “Alan above all else was a dedicated father to his three children.”
In addition to his law enforcement career, Officer Tancreti was also a longtime hockey player, coach, and referee, according to his obituary.
“Alan will be best remembered for his storytelling, and sharing his many ‘Dad Jokes’ with friends and family,” the tribute read. “He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, and his legacy will live on through his three children.”
Officer Tancreti leaves behind his son, Alan, and his daughters, Catherine and Julia.
He is also survived by his parents, his sister, and his former wife.
Officer Tancreti was laid to rest on Oct. 7.
Officer Alan Tancreti https://t.co/5rMZ2EjpLb
— Newington CT Police (@NewingtonPolice) October 3, 2022
We send our condolences to Officer Alan Tancreti’s family, department and friends. We stand with the Newington Police Department during this time. pic.twitter.com/T4yHGXpMhJ
— Hartford Police CT (@HartfordPolice) October 4, 2022
It is with great sadness that NH Hockey announces the sudden passing of former Asst. Coach Alan Tancreti last night. Coach Tancreti was also a former teacher with NH BOE before making a career change to law enforcement . At this there no details about arrangements available.
— NH Hockey (@NHHSHockey) October 3, 2022
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Newington Police Department Officer Alan “Tank” Tancreti, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.