Our names are Donna Francolino, Katie Francolino, and Kristea Francolino – the very proud wife and daughters of Officer Thomas J. Francolino (ret.). Tom Francolino was a Patrolman of the Wallingford Police Department in Wallingford, Connecticut from November 1980 to December 1994. Some of the qualities which made Tom Francolino an outstanding law enforcement officer were his commitment to the job, and constant pursuit of the truth and justice. With a nickname of “Officer Friendly” he embodied all that is good about peace officers, building many positive relationships within his community. He is special to us for many reasons. Not only did he dedicate years of his life to this profession, but he was extremely devoted to his family throughout his tenure as a police officer.
Due to an injury which occurred in the line of duty, Tom honorably retired after 14 years of faithful service. Since his retirement, he has become a member of the New Haven Police Centurions and the New Haven Police Emerald Society and Color Guard. Tom continues to serve his community in a different capacity, currently employed at a middle school working with students on a daily basis and making a meaningful impact on each child’s life. He also spends his time as a high school football coach and middle school basketball coach, empowering all of his athletes to make the right choices both on and off the field.
We want Officer Thomas J. Francolino (ret.) to be remembered in this Museum for his dedication to the profession while employed as a police officer; and for his unwavering support of his brothers and sisters in the line of duty as a retired police officer.
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