End of Watch: MPD Officer Joseph N. Sachatello III

Ten years ago today, while working to keep Montville safe, Officer Sachatello lost his life. We mourn him today and every day. Or, as Patton said: "It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men l



Today is a painfully sad anniversary for Montville.

Ten years ago today, then 33-year-old Montville Police Officer Joseph N. Sachatello III was killed in an accident while he was responding to the scene of a Route 82 crash.

While attempting to negotiate a curve, Officer Sachatello lost control of his cruiser and ran off the right side of the roadway. The cruiser then struck a tree, killing Officer Sachatello on impact.

Investigators concluded that the frigid weather conditions and black-ice contributed to this accident.

"It was a traumatic event. It was an awakening event ...We live in a world where we think it can't happen to us, but it can and it does," said Sachatello's supervisor and friend, Sgt. Dennis Mathers. "We loved the guy." 

Route 2A in Montville was designated the Officer Joseph N. Sachatello, III Memorial Highway.

Here is a memorial for Sachatello published in The Day today. 

The Officer Down Memorial Page for Officer Sachatello includes many thoughtful comments and remembrances. 

"He was probably the most polite, professional, respectful officer. He was a jolly guy, a fun guy, but he always was a real professional in dealing with (people)," Mather said.  "We miss him. Never to be forgotten."

Officer Robin Salvatore remembered Sachatello as "an all around great guy." 

"We do miss him. He was an excellent officer. He was a lot of fun to work with. He would have gone far (in law enforcement). And he loved his family so much; he was a real family man." 

When asked how a department moves on after the death of an officer, Salvatore said while police officers "see a lot of horrific things" the death of a fellow cop is tough.

"It really resonates with you a lot more because it's one of your own."

Sachatello left behind his wife Lisa and his son Anthony. Salvatore said Lisa and Anthony are "a part of our family."

Montville Police Lt. Leonard Bunnell said Sachatello was a "compassionate" officer.

"Compassionate, helpful ...all the qualities you'd want and expect in a young officer," Bunnell said. "He is deeply missed. It's like it happened yesterday."

Please share your memories and thoughts about Officer Sachatello in the comments below.

jeanette January 24, 2013 at 02:37 AM
I drove the road the same night and there was no black ice, and the weather was clear. It was his fault. Speeding to a accident scene across town. Once again his fault!
Wayne January 24, 2013 at 12:55 PM
Joe was a shining example of a police officer. He was dedicated to his town and his profession. Above all he was a loving husband and father. Montville is a better town for having had Joe with us for the short time he was there. He is greatly missed. God bless Joe and his family.
kelly January 24, 2013 at 02:48 PM
Grow up Jeanette - this is an article about someone's son, husband, brother. It was and IS a tragedy. A great man was lost that night. Without being there at the exact moment of the accident, how can you say anything about what caused it? Were you there, in the back seat? No! Ignorant comments should be kept to yourself - this article is nothing to do with fault...its honoring a man's life...
X January 24, 2013 at 09:48 PM
Jeanette-- Before you go and place the blame entirely on him, consider this. Officer Sachatello chose to put his life on the line every single day to protect and serve a community that he loved. If what you say is true and you did drive down that same road, then consider yourself extremely lucky. Because while you may have gotten home safely that night, not everyone had that opportunity. It could have been you in that car, and this article would be about you instead. But it’s written about a man whose life was lost while trying to save another’s. A man who was not only my hero, but a big part of my family. To this day we still ask “Why him?”, but maybe it’s you that should be asking “Why not me?”. You survived that night, and ten years later all you can bring yourself to do is complain about this article? Jeanette, my family lost a great man because he chose to keep you and the rest of the Montville community safe. Just keep that in mind before you go and criticize anyone else's death.
Jessica Rodrigues February 03, 2013 at 08:14 AM
@jeanette....you have som nerve posting that comment. Your ignorance and lack of class are made clearly evident. Yea, he may have been driving fast but not because he was immature or inexperienced. He was en route to help some people who were in a bad accident. This is not the place to post your bullshit. Maybe one day you will need the police and I would be willing to bet you would be bitching at the cop for taking so long to get there. Maybe the cops will read this and take their Lyme responding to your call for help you piece of shit!


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