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Hero Down: Shelton Police Officer Richard VanTine Succumbs To Cancer

Shelton, CT – Shelton Police Department (SPD) Officer Richard VanTine died on Jan. 14 after a battle against cancer.

The 54-year-old officer was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma of the liver in February of 2021, according to a fundraising page established to help his family.

Officer VanTine passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family, according to his obituary.

The SPD announced his death in a Facebook post later in the day.

“It is with deep regret and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Officer Richard VanTine after a valiant battle with cancer,” the department said.

Officer VanTine was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served in the Gulf War, according to the SPD.

He had lived in the community of Shelton for 24 years.

Officer VanTine retired from a 26-year career as a Connecticut State trooper before joining the SPD in 2020, WFSB reported.

“Rich is a true patriot who loves his family and his country,” the fundraising page read. “Rich ultimately became a Shelton Police Officer and continued his strong values and tradition of being a dedicated police officer. He has served his city with pride and true care and concern for the residents of Shelton.”

He leaves behind his wife of 23 years, Elizabeth, and his sons, Alex and Benjamin, according to his obituary.

Officer VanTine is also survived by his mother, aunt, sister-in-law, and his niece.

“Richard put his family first and was a devoted and loving husband, father, uncle and friend of many,” the tribute read. “He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.”

The fundraising campaign has raised over $18,400 so far.

Officer VanTine was laid to rest on Jan. 21, according to his obituary.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Shelton Police Department Officer Richard VanTine, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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