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Lieutenant Ends 25-Year Tenure After Cemetery Crash

He ended his tenure in a letter of retirement during paid administrative leave.

Sinko, former PIO officer, was criticized after he arrived late on site the day of the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings. (Photo credit: Patch File Photo)
Sinko, former PIO officer, was criticized after he arrived late on site the day of the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings. (Photo credit: Patch File Photo)
An officer who was previously criticized for a delayed response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting has ended his 25-year department tenure with a letter of retirement. He had been on administrative leave.

Lt. George Sinko, 49, the former public information officer, had been directing traffic at a construction site on Route 25 during the shooting, on Dec. 14, 2012. He arrived to the school two hours after fellow officers had rushed there, NewsTimes.com reported today.

Police Chief Michael Kehoe said Sinko was off duty during the shooting, and was happy with his performance when he arrived on site.

In a separate incident Sinko crashed a department SUV into a 3-foot-high pillar last month at the Hawleyville Cemetery, totaling $2,000 in damages.

Kehoe told NewsTimes.com that Sinko "honorably served our citizens and our agency. It's always a sad day when any of our officers, after so many years, retires and goes on to new challenges and opportunities. And we wish him well in that respect."

Correction: Police Chief Michael Kehoe said he was happy with Sinko's performance when he arrived on site at Sandy Hook Elementary. A previous version of this article stated the opposite.

sassy May 27, 2014 at 07:12 AM
Maybe now he can go buy a spine
Lisa May 27, 2014 at 10:06 AM
You have a typo the Chief was happy with his performance when he arrived at the site. Please look at all the other articles in relation to this and correct please.
sassy May 27, 2014 at 11:54 AM
With his prior performance.....
sassy May 27, 2014 at 11:56 AM
....still glad he's retired

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