Sandy Hook Lead Investigator Dies Suddenly at Age 49


Major William Podgorski, (49) one of the lead investigators of the events at Sandy Hook School in Connecticut, has died suddenly of undisclosed causes.

Sometime after surgery on Friday, Podgorski was transferred to Yale-New Haven Hospital from another hospital, Grant said. He died there Monday morning surrounded by his family.

The Farmington resident is survived by his wife and three children. Aged 11, 12 and 14.

Podgorski led the Western District, which includes Troop A in Southbury, Troop B in Canaan, Troop G in Bridgeport and Troop L in Bantam.

“Speaking on behalf of all the troopers in Litchfield, we’re all devastated,” said Lt. Stavros Mellekas, the Troop L commander. “He was a great guy, nice guy, family man. All the guys are really upset.”

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