Retired Ridgefield police officer dies at age 80

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RIDGEFIELD — A former town police officer died this week, the department announced Wednesday.

Retired Ridgefield Police Officer Edward Michael Hojnacki died Monday at the age of 80 at his home in Summerton, S.C., according to his obituary.

Hojnacki served with the Ridgefield Police Department from 1984 to 2000. He had worked with the New York Police Department and retired as a sergeant after 20 years of service there, the police department said.

During his career in Ridgefield, the police department said Hojnacki received numerous commendation letters and letters of recognition from the public. One year, he received the officer of the year award, according to the police department.

“We thank Officer Hojnacki for his service with the Ridgefield Police Department and to the Town of Ridgefield,” the police department said in a statement Wednesday. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hojnacki family. You will be dearly missed Ed, but never forgotten.”

Hojnacki is survived by his wife, Judith Ann Evertt Hojnacki, their three daughters, seven grandchildren, a brother and several nieces and nephews, according to his obituary.

A memorial service for Hojnacki will be held at a later date in Brewster, N.Y. Memorial donations may be made to McLeod Hospice at 1203 E. Cheves St. in Florence, S.C. 29506.