NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) – A New Haven police officer is laid to rest on Friday.
Joshua Castellano was killed in an accident a week ago in Las Vegas.
His fellow officer, Robert Ferraro, is charged with impaired driving leading to death and reckless driving.
The Clark County Coroner’s Office said Monday that Castellano, a 7-year veteran of the department, died from multiple blunt trauma. His death was declared accidental.
Castellano’s body was returned to the state on Tuesday. He was escorted from Bradley International Airport at Windsor Locks to New Haven.
A New Haven officer suspected of driving an impaired driving accident that killed a fellow officer faced a judge Thursday morning.
On Thursday, the New Haven Police Chief said it had been a long week for his department, facing the loss of a beloved officer.
âThey are in mourning, they are in mourning, some days are better than others. We’re trying to keep everyone under control, trying to say what do you need, you’re okay, everyone is stepping up, âsaid Chef Renee Dominguez.
Castellano’s funeral was held at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, where officers from across the state attended.
âThere’s always a connection. The kind of work we do. We all try to do the same. We try to protect our community. And try to do the best job we can,â said Carl Williams, Norwalk agent. . .
Sergeant Hartford. Daniel Zarebski was one of the first responders to lead the procession of cars into the church on Friday morning.
âIt’s a show of respect, that they’re in the same town, it’s still blue. We’re still together. It’s the worst thing in the job. Having funerals for other cops and retirees; it is the last respect to be given to them, “he said.
Castellano and three other officers and two women from Texas were in the Rolls Royce when it crashed last Friday. The car struck electric poles and a fire hydrant.
Ferraro posted $ 100,000 bail Thursday and the judge said he could return to Connecticut. He is not allowed to drive.
The judge also ordered Ferraro to wear an alcohol / drug monitor.
He remains on administrative leave.
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