NEWINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — A Newington police officer unexpectedly died on Saturday while he was off duty.

The Newington Police Department said Officer Alan “Tank” Tancreti suffered an unexpected medical emergency at his home.

“Words can not express the tremendous loss our family feels after losing Alan,” Sgt. Ryan Deane wrote in a statement.

The department said the father of three was, “ambitious, caring, supportive, and a great compliment to an amazing group of professionals.”

His colleagues will remember him for his bravery, service and dedication.

“He is not just a police officer who you called when you had trouble,” Deane said. “He’s also a police officer you call when you need a helping hand or someone to talk to.”

Tancreti had been on the force for a couple of years when, in 2018, he went door-to-door pulling people from the burning Grantmoor Motor Lodge. He was awarded a medal for his actions that day.

Prior to his career in law enforcement, he was also a teacher.

The Tancreti family and the Newington Police Department established a fund to support Tancreti’s three children. Those who wish to donate can make checks payable to Christine Tancreti and mailed to:

The Children of Alan Tancreti
PO Box 527
West Haven, CT 06516

The police department said they are aware of several fundraising solicitations that mention Tancreiti, but checks to the donation address above is the only authorized means for donations.