Governor Lamont and Commissioner Rovella announce the passing of former Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner Reuben Bradford
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont and Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner James C. Rovella today mourn the loss of Reuben Bradford, former Commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and public protection. He passed away this morning at the age of 75.
Commissioner Bradford has had a long and distinguished career in the public service. He proudly served as a Connecticut State Soldier for 22 years. He entered Connecticut State Police Academy in 1974 and rose through the ranks, retiring as a major in 1996.
After his service with the Connecticut State Police, he worked for several years as the security chief of the National Football League. In 2011, he returned to the Connecticut public service when he was appointed by Governor Dannel P. Malloy as commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, becoming the first African American to occupy this position. He was commissioner until his retirement in January 2014.
“Commissioner Bradford was a loyal public servant and someone who cared deeply for our state and its residents,” Governor Lamont said. âHe had decades of distinguished service with the Connecticut State Police, then continued his service in the State of Connecticut as commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. He was tough, dedicated and someone the people of our state depended on. I extend my deepest condolences to his family. “
“Commissioner Bradford has dedicated his life to public safety”, Commissioner Rovella said. âHis revolutionary rise through the ranks and his service as Commissioner continues to be an inspiration to all of us. Commissioner Bradford has led our department through many Presidential emergencies, as well as our state’s response to the Sandy Hook tragedy. He was a true leader for all who served under him. We mourn the loss of a great person.
The flags of the United States and States are lowered in his honor in all buildings of the State Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, including each of the Connecticut State Police barracks .
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