Saturday, December 31, 2016

Passing of Holyoke Police Sergeant David O'Connell

It is with great sadness that I announce of the untimely death of Sergeant David O’Connell. Dave was 54 years old.

Sergeant O’Connell was found deceased early this morning while he was off-duty.

Sergeant David O’Connell joined the department as a Reserve Police Officer in March of 1985 and in July 1986, as a member of the Class # 7 of the Municipal Police Officers Course (MPOC), he completed the Western Mass Police Academy and began his full time career. Dave was a dedicated law Enforcement Supervisor and a seasoned veteran who was assigned to the Uniformed Patrol on days at the Holyoke Police Department. He proudly served our community with honor and distinction for the past 31 years.

His many awards and commendations for heroism and valor attest to his care and concern for the citizens of Holyoke. These include 3 medals of Commendation; 6 Letters of Commendation and numerous letters received from citizens praising Dave’s professionalism while assisting them during times of need.

Dave was passionate about basketball and fitness, helping others inside the department to improve their health and fitness levels. He was an active member of the Massachusetts Police Association; The Holyoke Police Relief Association; The Holyoke Police Athletic League and always supported the Holyoke Boys and Girls Clubs by giving of his time and knowledge.

He leaves behind his beautiful wife Mary, his talented son and pride of his life, Joey; his brothers, Fran and retired Holyoke Police Officer John O’Connell and his sister, Mary Britton. Sergeant O’Connell’s Father was the former Holyoke Police Deputy Chief, Francis O’Connell.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. The Holyoke Police Department lost a dear brother and loved one today. All of us are grieving his loss. I respectfully ask others to consider his family’s privacy during this extremely difficult and trying time.

Sergeant David O’Connell will be greatly missed.

Information regarding funeral arrangements will be forthcoming.
James M. Neiswanger, Chief of Police
Holyoke Police Department

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