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Middletown Sgt. Killed in Line of Duty Remembered

19-year Middletown officer, Sgt. George Dingwall,was killed in a high-pursuit suspect chase 12 years ago.

held gathering Saturday evening to remember the late Sgt. George Dingwall, on the 12th anniversary of his death in the line of duty.

A fresh blue and yellow chrysanthemum wreath was placed at the Dingwall Drive sign, with a card reading, "28-Jan-2000. We miss you George! Your brothers and sisters, Middletown PD."

On Jan. 28, 2000, Dingwall, 47, Badge #16, a 19-year officer of the Middletown Police Department was killed when his cruiser was forced off the roadway during a pursuit and struck a grove of trees, according to police.

The pursuit started when officers responded to a burglary call as the suspects fled the scene. Dingwall and several officers were pursuing the suspects when the suspect car rammed Dingwall's cruiser on Route 9, causing it to leave the roadway. State troopers immediately stopped to offer assistance and he was flown to a local hospital where he later died.

Police say officers continued pursuing the suspects until the chase was eventually ended on Interstate 95 when state police used stop sticks. Both assailants were taken into custody. In March 2002, the driver was sentenced to 32 years as a result of several charges relating to the incident. 

Dingwall was survived by his wife, young son and daughter. He was the first officer to be killed in the line of duty in the history of the Middletown Police Department. He was a charismatic supervisor who represented the true meaning of wearing a badge.

Police say he was a family man, a supervisor, and a friend who will always be missed.

The suspect was sentenced to 32 years in jail.

"Come home with your shields or on them" was Sergeant Dingwall's daily ending to a typical roll call. This quote embodies what every police officer should have on their mind to meet the daily challenges of this profession. Sergeant Dingwall gave the ultimate sacrifice a police officer could make and will always remain an example for police officers to aspire to be.

A section of I-91 in Middletown is named the "George Ross Dingwall Memorial Highway." A portion of College Street, from Main Street to Metro Square is called "Dingwall Drive," in memory of the police veteran.

Read more about Sgt. Dingwall here.

wyatt January 29, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Hey Jose: I bet you have a criminal record.
Lynn Herlihy January 29, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I remember this tragedy vividly. It is so difficult for a young committed officer to pursue a criminal and think of the danger of the situation to himself. I honor Officer Dingwall and his service and to the bravery of his widow and children.
Jim Hartzell January 29, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Since you weren't there and obviously don't know the details, you don't deserve to make a comment. It involved more than a burglary
Jim Hartzell January 29, 2012 at 08:33 PM
My heart goes out to the Dingwall family, his friends and fellow officers on this anniversary. He is remembered.
Jim Hartzell January 30, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Nicely done article, enjoyed the photos.

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