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Killingworth Bids Farewell to Trooper Ward, Welcomes Trooper Wisner

By K. Brown.

Trooper Matt Ward, who has been the Resident State Trooper for Killingworth since 2005, is going back to Patrol at Troop F in Westbrook. He is leaving Killingworth in good hands with Trooper Scott Wisner, who has over 24 years of experience with the Connecticut State Police. Trooper Wisner started learning the ropes from Trooper Ward on December 23, 2016. When talking to people in Killingworth, it was obvious that Trooper Ward was well liked and respected by the community.

Trooper Ward (right)

Left to right, Troopers Connelly, Milardo, and Ward, 2013

Dr. Jennifer Olsen, Haddam Killingworth Middle School Principal, spoke for her school, “The staff and students at HKMS will greatly miss working with Trooper Matt Ward. He was a valuable member of our community while teaching DARE classes to 6th grade students and chaperoning the 8th grade trip to Washington, DC. Matt was always available to HKMS administrators, day or night, when we needed advice and support for students and families.”

Trooper Ward was recognized at the December 20, 2016 Board of Education meeting. Superintendent Howard  Thiery said, “Trooper Ward has served the Killingworth community and RSD 17 for almost 12 years. I am very grateful for Trooper Ward’s dedication and service to our community and our school district.  From graduation to Washington DC trips, celebrations and tragedies Trooper Ward has been part of our family in RSD 17.  I often tell my colleagues that I am very lucky to have Connecticut State Troopers as our local law enforcement.  Like his fellow Troopers, Matt Ward’s professionalism and commitment set the standard.  I wish Trooper Ward the very best and extend my deepest gratitude for his service.”

Haddam and Killingworth troopers work closely together because of proximity, as well as the combined school system. Haddam Resident State Trooper Enrico Milardo said, “I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Trooper Matthew Ward over fifteen years, not only as a fellow Trooper but as a good friend. Matt has contributed greatly to the Haddam and Killingworth communities during his assignment as Killingworth Resident State Trooper.  Over the years, I have found Matt to be a very kind, knowledgeable and dedicated Trooper.  Although Matt was assigned to the town of Killingworth, we often worked together on criminal investigations and other police related matters as well as many fun community and school related events.  I will really miss seeing him around town and working closely with him on a daily basis. Matt will be missed as Killingworth Resident Trooper, but I know he will often come back up to the Haddam and Killingworth area when he returns to patrol at Troop F, Westbrook.  Stay safe Matt!”

“Matt Ward has been a wonderful friend to our town for over a decade,” said Cathy Iino, Killingworth First Selectman.  “A generation of children has grown up with trust and respect for law enforcement officers because of Matt’s calm, friendly presence. He has truly become part of our community, working closely with Killingworth organizations from the Volunteer Fire Company to the Lions. And he went above and beyond to help deal with such troubling issues as substance abuse and domestic violence. Matt really showed how valuable the resident state trooper program can be.”

“I will miss the daily interaction with the people in the community and the many friends I have made over the years,” said Trooper Ward. “It has been a pleasure serving the Town of Killingworth and RSD 17 for the last 11 plus years. I have met many wonderful people and have made some great friendships that I hope will continue. The Town of Killingworth and RSD 17 will always have a special place in my heart for me and my family because I have spent half my career here and you all have seen my family grow. I have also enjoyed watching many of the youth in the community grow up right in front of my eyes. Thank you again for all the memories and being supportive of me and the Resident Trooper program.”


Trooper Wisner

Cathy Iino would like to invite everyone to a pancake breakfast which will be held in Matt’s honor, sponsored by the Killingworth Volunteer Fire Company and the Killingworth Lions on Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the KVFC Fire Station 1.

Trooper Scott Wisner, who started his assignment in Killingworth on December 23, 2016, has been with the Connecticut State Police for over 24 years. He grew up in Deep River, and currently lives in Chester, so he has been part of the local community for his entire life. Wisner graduated from UConn with a degree in Business Management. He was a Troop F Patrol Trooper from 1992 to 1996, then became Essex Resident Trooper from 1996 to 2005. Then he was on the Major Crime Squad from 2005 to 2016. Trooper Wisner said his favorite part of the job is “the satisfaction of successfully completing an extensive investigation [and] the regular community interactions that the Resident Trooper position offers.” He did add, however, that he has “frustrations with the system” like repeat offenders.

“Trooper Wisner served as resident state trooper in Essex for many years, and people who worked with him there could not have recommended him more highly,” said Cathy Iino.  “I am really looking forward to working with him to keep our town safe and to help our young people grow into responsible citizens.”

Farewell Trooper Ward. Welcome Trooper Wisner.