Detective Andrew F. Faggio
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A New Haven detective died Wednesday morning from injuries he sustained in a car crash in close to a decade ago.
Detective Andrew F. Faggio suffered serious head injuries when he was involved in the crash while en route to a robbery stakeout on Jan. 31, 2003 and went into a coma he never emerged from, according to The New Haven Independent.
He was pronounced dead at around 6 a.m. on Wednesday.
During the incident, Faggio -- then 46 years old -- crested a hill into the southbound lane of Durham Road in Madison when he saw headlights and severed to miss the vehicle and spun out of control before hitting a tree, a New Haven Register report states.
"You do't get any better than Andy," Sgt. Joanne Schaller said at the time of the crash. "They don't make people better than Andy. They don't make cops better than Andy. He's just one of the finest guys I know."
New Haven Mayor John DeStefano reflected on the loss in a statement following Faggio's death.
"Andy was a terrific cop who cared about his work, his family, and his community," Mayor John DeStefano said in a statement. "His sacrifice, and the sacrifice of his family, remind us of the risk that public safety officers face and how their world can be changed in a moment."
He is survived by his wife, Jennifer, and two sons, Andrew Jr. and Nicholas.
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