Monroe mourns loss of veteran police officer after cancer battle

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The Monroe community is mourning the loss of a former police officer who served on the department for 22 years.

The Monroe Police Department announced the passing of retired Officer Andrew Wall Thursday morning “after a courageous four-year battle with cancer.”

His brother, Dan Wall, who was also a Monroe police officer, told News 12 that Andrew’s positive attitude during his battle inspired everyone he met.

“When he was diagnosed they told him he'd be dead in less than a year, and he lasted 4 and ½ years. So, there's always hope,” says Wall.

News 12 Connecticut interviewed Wall back in 2017. At that time, he was in remission from his first bout with glioblastoma, following a clinical trial at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Wall had fought the town to return to work after being cleared by his doctor. That dispute was eventually resolved and Wall retired two years ago. But in November 2018, the cancer returned.

Surgery and trial drugs helped keep the cancer at bay, but Wall, 55, died at his home on Wednesday with his family surrounding him. He leaves behind a wife and a 14-year-old son.

The Monroe Police Department released a statement on Wall's passing, which said in part:

“His engaging smile and energetic laugh were well known throughout the town."

Wall's memorial is this weekend and will be private. His family says in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Newtown Volunteer Ambulance to thank them for their dedication and quick response to the Walls' many calls.

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