West Hartford police sergeant loses 5-year battle with aggressive brain cancer


(WTNH) — Chris Tyler, a West Hartford police sergeant, fought for his life against a rare, aggressive brain tumor. But Monday, he lost his five-year battle.

It’s called Anaplastic Ependymoma. It took so much from Sgt. Tyler, but not his spirit or will to live.

Tyler underwent 10 surgeries and, most recently, chemotherapy.

WEB EXTRA: News 8’s Chief Political Anchor Dennis House sat down with Sergeant Tyler in the video below.

West Hartford Police Chief Vernon Reddick released a statement to News 8 Tuesday following Sgt. Tyler’s death.

“Chris fought valiantly over the past several years and he is one of the mentally strongest people that I have ever met. As the West Hartford Police Department mourns his passing, we will also celebrate his life and his legacy that remains with his wife Brittany and their two sons.”


Flags have been lowered to half staff at the police headquarters, and black bunting now drapes the station in memory of Sgt. Tyler. He was 33-years-old and leaves behind a wife and two sons.

Funeral plans have not yet been announced.

If you would like to donate to help Chris Tyler’s family during this difficult time click here.

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