WESTON, Conn. -- Police Chief John Troxell handed his patrol badge, No. 14, to 24-year-old Daniel Cascone after he was sworn in as Weston's newest officer Thursday. The badge was a temporary placeholder until Cascone receives his own badge, No. 29.
"Daniel is obviously one willing to sacrifice for this position," said Troxell. He called Cascone in the evening July 18 and asked whether he could go in for a physical as well as drug and stress tests the next morning. Cascone signed a conditional offer and was asked to take more tests the next few days when he had planned a fishing trip with his brother. He canceled the trip and told Troxell he was "ready and willing and able" to do the job.
Cascone, who has been working as a security officer at Danbury Hospital, said he wants to be a police officer because he enjoys interacting with people, problem-solving and "first and foremost, helping people."
Troxell also gave Cascone a Weston Police /Town of Weston commemorative coin Thursday afternoon. "It represents protecting Weston," said Troxell. One side of the coin represents the Weston Police Department and the other side represents the Town of Weston. "It shows that the police department and Weston are completely melted together."
Cascone will start his six-month training course at the Connecticut Police Academy in Meriden in August, followed by field training with the Weston Police Department.
Cascone, 24, is from Newtown and received his bachelor's degree in agricultural business management from the University of Wisconsin, where he played football. He also played football at Newtown High School and earned all-state and all-area recognition.
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