Well-wishers support Conlan family after fire

An outpouring of goodwill and donations from well-wishers, many of them from Wilton, has boosted the money collected for the family of police Capt. Thomas Conlan well over an original fund-raising goal of $10,000. The money is being collected to help the family after their Oxford home was lost to a fire on Sept. 30.

Alison Cubbellotti, a cousin of Conlan’s wife Ashley, posted a fund-raising page on the crowdsourcing site YouCaring. As of Oct. 5, more than $16,000 has been raised from 189 donors and the goal has been upped to $20,000.

The fund-raising address as https://www.youcaring.com/ashleyandthomasconlan-968450.

No one was injured in the fire that occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning, as Ashley and the Conlans’ children Katie (8), Bryn (6), and Jake 3), and a niece escaped the fire in their pajamas. Capt. Conlan, who had been visiting with friends nearby, rushed home.

“Nothing in the house is salvageable, and they now must start from the ground up rebuilding their home and their lives,” Cubbellotti wrote on the fund-raising page.

Conlan became an officer with the Wilton Police Department in 2000 and rose to the rank of sergeant in 2008. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2013, and captain in October 2015.

Conlan earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and law enforcement administration from the University of New Haven and is pursuing a master’s degree at the same institution.

He is a member of the Wilton Domestic Violence Task Force and is the department liaison to the Domestic Violence Crisis Center in Norwalk. According to a colleague, “he has been a driving force in the department in combating domestic violence.”