Retired Seymour police officer dies

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SEYMOUR — After the death of a retired town police officer, the Seymour Police Department remembered his 19 years of service with the department in a post on Facebook.

Retired Seymour Police Officer James L. Martin, 77, of Beacon Falls, died Tuesday at his home surrounded by his family, an obituary said.

Martin was born in Norwalk on July 20, 1941.

“Jim proudly served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps, obtaining the rank of Lance Corporal,” the obituary said. “Upon his retirement from military service, Jim went on to a career in law enforcement.”

He was an officer for the Auxiliary Connecticut State Police, the Oxford Police Department, the Beacon Falls Police Department, the Southbury Police Department and the Seymour Police Department, the obituary said.

The Seymour Police Department said of Martin’s 30-year career in law enforcement, he spent 19 of those years serving on the Seymour police force.

“The Officers of the Seymour Police Department extend their heartfelt condolences to the Martin family,” the department said in a Facebook post.

Among the awards Martin received were National Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, Citation for Meritorious Service from the Connecticut State Police, Exemplary Performance of Duty from the Connecticut State Police and Citation for Distinguished Service from the Town of Seymour.

But above all else, Martin loved spending time with his family and friends, the obituary said.

“He will be sadly missed by all, but will remain forever in our hearts,” it said.

Martin is survived by his wife of 25 years, Mary Babineau Martin, his children, his brothers, his grandchildren and his great-granddaughter.

Calling hours for friends and relatives will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 at the Miller-Ward Funeral Home in Seymour. There will be a funeral service held with full military honors on Friday, April 12 at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of the State Veterans Cemetery, 317 Bow Lane in Middletown.

In lieu of flowers, Martin’s family asks for memorial donations made in Martin’s honor to the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. Donations can be mailed to 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle, VA, 22172 or online at www.marineheritage.org.