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IAEM member Joseph R. Sastre passed away on Feb. 15, 2021

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Long-time IAEM member Joseph R. “Joe” Sastre, 64, passed away on Feb. 15, 2021, at home with his family in New Britain, Connecticut, after a valiant battle with cancer. His life was one of public service. He worked for 25 years in the Milford Police Department, retiring as a lieutenant. He served as the director of Milford Police Department’s Training Academy and was involved in several statewide educational programs. When he retired, he began a new career as manager of emergency communications and emergency management in Groton, Connecticut, becoming involved with statewide and national emergency management as well as national homeland security. After his second retirement, he began teaching emergency management as an adjunct professor at the University of New Haven. IAEM members will remember him for his work as IAEM’s representative on the First Responder Network Authority’s (FirstNet) Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC). In her last email communication with Joe, IAEM CEO Beth Armstrong wrote to him: “You have served your profession, your fellow citizens, and this association with honor. Your work is deeply appreciated, and we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers with esteem and affection.” IAEM offers deepest condolences to Joe’s wife Vicki, their three children, and their nine grandchildren, as well as his two surviving siblings and many nieces and nephews. A celebration of Joe’s life will be held privately by his family, when they are all able to be together post-COVID. View details about Joe’s family and life here, and take the opportunity to post a tribute. more


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