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Stamford Police Mourn Longtime Colleague Lost To Cancer

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STAMFORD, Conn. – The Stamford Police Department on Wednesday mourned the death of colleague Terri Vitti, who died Tuesday after a difficult battle with cancer. She was 51.

“On behalf of the executive board and all of the members of the Stamford Police Association, we express our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences to all of the family and many friends of Sergeant Terri Vitti,’’ said Todd Lobraico, president of the Stamford Police Association.

"A 28-year veteran of the Stamford Police, Terri was a mentor and role model for so many officers of this department over the past three decades. Her strength and dedication to the city she was sworn to protect, even in the face of cancer, was something to be admired.”

Vitti, known as “Big Red,” graduated from Stamford High School and joined the force in 1985. She served with the patrol division, narcotics squad, detective bureau, youth bureau and emergency call center, according to a story in The Advocate in December. She learned in September that she had cancer.

Her husband, Mark, is a member of the Stamford K-9 unit. They married in 1997 after they met on the job. The Police Department held a fundraiser for Vitti in December at Zody’s 19th Hole to help her fight medical expenses.

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