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GoFundMe set up for Fallen Troopers family: police

SOUTHINGTON, CT – State Police announced that a GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family of fallen Trooper First Class Aaron Pelletier, who was killed in the line of duty last Thursday.

Pelletier, a resident of Southington, died Thursday afternoon, May 30, after a pickup truck struck him on the side of Interstate 84 in Southington. He was 34.

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The motorist, who police say was under the influence of alcohol/drugs, is in police custody and was arraigned in court on Friday, May 31, facing multiple charges.

He is survived by his wife, Dominique Pelletier, and two young sons, Troy and Zachary, along with other family members.

The GoFundMe page is the Connecticut State Police’s only approved fundraiser to benefit the Pelletier family as they navigate life without their husband/father.

As of Monday morning, June 3, nearly $356,000 toward the $500,000 goal had been reached.

“The grief and sadness caused by Aaron’s sudden death cannot properly be expressed in words,” the page reads.

“As a Connecticut State Trooper, Aaron was a friend and brother who will be remembered for his easy smile, quick jokes and willingness to train and teach new Troopers.

“More importantly, Aaron’s dedication and love for his wife and two boys knew no bounds. Aaron will never be forgotten and fondly remembered by all who knew him,” state police wrote on the GoFundMe page.

“Rest in peace brother, we will take it from here.”

Pelletier graduated from Southington High School in 2007 and from Central Connecticut State University in New Britain in 2011.

He worked for the Connecticut Department of Correction at the Hartford Correctional Center for two years before graduating from the state police academy in 2015 and becoming a trooper.

In 2021, he became a K-9 police officer and worked with his state police dog “Roso,” who was in Pelletier’s cruiser when it was struck by the suspect but escaped injury.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, at the Xfinity Theater, 61 Savitt Way, Hartford. Private calling times will be Tuesday, June 4, for family, friends and the law enforcement community at the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Southington. Burial will be private at St. Thomas Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Tunnels to Towers Foundation, at 2361 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island, NY, 10306 or T2T.org or to the GoFundMe page.

Click this link to donate to the State Police GoFundMe page for the Pelletier family.

Click on this link for the obituary of Trooper First Class Aaron Pelletier.

As of June 2: ‘Southington was at home in the heart of a fallen police officer’

As of May 31: ‘Suspect charged in Southington trooper’s death: CSP’

From May 30: ‘Fallen Trooper’ A dedicated and compassionate professional: ‘UPDATE’