Passing of Police Officer Michael Briggs


For Immediate Release

October 17, 2006

The following statement by Mayor Guinta will be his only public comments regarding this matter until further notice. The Mayor respecting the wishes and privacy of the Briggs family refers all questions to the Manchester Police Department.

It is with deep sorrow that I received the very sad news this afternoon of the passing of Manchester Police Officer Michael Briggs. On behalf of myself, my wife Morgan, the people of the City of Manchester and the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, I extend our most sincere condolences to the Briggs family, most especially to his widow and young children. I cannot even begin to imagine the pain and suffering they are going through at this time.

I also wish to extend our deepest regrets to our Police Chief John Jaskolka and to the fine men and women of the Manchester Police Department. Today the people of Manchester join you in your grief and support you at this most difficult time. Your fallen comrade died a hero and will be greatly missed by those in the community who knew him best. We will all cherish his memory.

As Mayor of the City of Manchester, I am declaring an official period of mourning and ordering all flags lowered to half-staff until the day after Officer Briggs’ funeral. I ask our citizens of all faith backgrounds to honor the memory of Michael Briggs in their own appropriate way. My prayers and the prayers of my family are with the Briggs family.