Andrew Faggio, 46

City cops Wednesday are mourning the loss of former police Detective Andrew F. Faggio.

Faggio died Wednesday morning around 6 a.m., according to police spokesman Officer David Hartman.

Faggio suffered serious head injuries in an early-morning car crash in Madison in 2003. He was on his way to a robbery stakeout. He went into a vegetative state and never emerged from it.

Faggio was sworn in as an officer on Oct. 21, 1988.

He is survived by his wife Jennifer Faggio and two sons, Andrew Jr. and Nicholas.

Mayor John DeStefano released this statement:

“The Faggios are a great New Haven family who have been part of New Haven for a long, long time. Andy was a terrific cop who cared about his work, his family, and his community. 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. I extend the city’s deepest sympathies for a life well lived.”

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posted by: Direk t rodgers on January 11, 2012  2:20pm

Andrew faggio a classmate of mine in the new haven police academy in 1988. Andrew was a friend to all if you couldn’t get along with Andrew the problem was with you. He was very dedicated to his job and his family. Heaven just received a good guy.

                                                              DIREK RODGERS

posted by: Ex-NHPD on January 11, 2012  2:42pm

My condolences to the Faggio family and the NHPD.

Andy was a great cop.  He was an even better person.  His approach to his work was done with enthusiasm and integrity.  He was a sponge who was always soaking up knowledge to make himself a better cop.  His empathy for the victims of the crimes he investigated kept him focused on solving the case and finding justice for them.  Hearing Andy talk about his investigations always reminded me how I could be a better cop.

The NHPD,(and New Haven) was a far better place when Andy was on the job.  He touched countless lives during his NHPD career.

Andy will be missed, but he will never be forgotten.

Rest in peace brother.

posted by: Darlene Surato on January 11, 2012  2:49pm

Andy may you Rest in Peace always….my sympathies to the entire Faggio family. You risked your life to Serve and Protect us and will never be forgotten. Thank you.

posted by: George Hill on January 11, 2012  3:39pm

May you RIP Andy, you were a great friend and a over the top cop. You are leaving us way before your time. I still remember the times we laughed while getting ready for duty. My condolences go out to your family and they should know you touched a lot of hearts in the City Of New Haven. You will not be forgotten.

posted by: DKR on January 11, 2012  4:04pm

To the Faggio family,...Andy will never be forgotten for who he was as a Police Officer/Detective,..but more importantly,..he will NEVER be for gotten for the kind of person he was,......RIP

posted by: Mona Gustafson Affinito on January 11, 2012  5:58pm

Dear Andrew has been born into eternity. His suffering is over. I pray for God’s loving, sympathetic care to comfort his wife and children, his mother Anne, his brother Peter, and the entire family.

posted by: Stacy Spell on January 12, 2012  12:04pm

My condolences to Andrew Faggio’s wife, children, brother and family. I had the ppleasureof knowing him and take pride in the example he set for us all, as a hard charging Detective. He made us all look good in being a perfectionist, professional, and a dedicated cop. My prayers are with you, and may God comfort you in this time of sadness.

posted by: Current NHPD on January 12, 2012  5:10pm

My condolences to The Faggio Family and the passing of not only a good cop but an outstanding human being. Even though Andy had a considerable amount of time vested on the job than I he never once while I was struggling through my “Rookie” phase did he ever criticize me or turn his back on me because the policing concept at times was intense. Andy for me was that shining light at the end of the tunnel which I’m sorry that I was not afforded the opportunity to have worked with him more on a professional level. Andy you will be definitely missed, I know I will!