<!-- David Wayne Dupee-->David Wayne Dupee August 16 1967 - July 23, 2013 Norwich - David Wayne Dupee, 45 passed unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 while working on the Mount Hope Bridge in Bristol RI. David was born in Norwich on August 16 1967. He attended Norwich Free Academy. He was a member of the Moose club in Bozrah. He was also a member of the SSPC Affiliated with local 1122 painters union in New London. David enjoyed music, fishing, campfires and all outdoor activities. David was a big believer in donations to the local food bank and homeless shelter of Norwich. David is survived by his mother, Beverly Dupee, Sisters Deborah Busch and Patricia Hill, and a brother, Aaron Dupee. Also, he was in a long term relationship with Tamela Wilson. He was also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles as well as countless friends whom he considered as family. Calling hours will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2013 from 2:00-3:45 followed by a memorial service from 3:45-4:00. At the Church and Allen Funeral Home 136 Sachem St. Norwich Ct. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Norwich homeless shelter or food bank.
Ref: Bristol RI Police Dept
Attn: To whom it may concern
My name is Aaron Dupee and I am writing on behalf of three officers by the name of John Mylek badge number 17 officer Consalse and Lieutenant Burke. I was on vacation on July 16th thru July 23rd 2013 spending time with my family whom I had not seen in a very long time and my only little brother whom I had not seen in 22 years. On Tuesday July 23, 2013 my brother David Dupee dropped me off at the airport at 4:45am for my 6:00am flight back home to Palm Springs, California. But, after going through the check point I was informed my flight was canceled so I called my brother at 5:18am to him know I was now departing let on the 10:00am flight. At roughly around 9:10am I received a call on my phone from a private number and, was not going to answer the call but, something told me too answer it. And, thank god I did because it was Lieutenant Burke letting me know my brother had an accident on his job and was being rushed to the Rhode Island hospital to the trauma section. He then asked me if I had a way to get to the hospital and, I said I did not because my brother dropped me off and my family lives in Norwich about 1 hour away. So he asked me to go to the nearest airport police area and he was going to make a call to them and see about possibly having someone transport me to the hospital which was about a 30 minute drive. I would say within 5 minutes there was a police officer waiting to drive me to the hospital. Now I am writing because I feel Lieutenant Burke went above and beyond what he had to do and I consider him a hero for his effort in helping me at a time when I needed it as well his fellow officer’s Mylek and, Consalse. And if I had been in New York or California I would have not received such help and would have been given a number to a taxi service but, Lieutenant Burke did not do that. I would like the officer’s to know they are heroes to me and, the entire police force of Bristol Rhode Island Police department. This is a day in my life I will never forget I would like their fellow officers to know what they have done for me and, they should be recognized for their great deed. Even after I was brought to the hospital officer Mylek phoned me a few times to ask about my brother which again he did not have to do this. And, unfortunately my Brother David W. Dupee did not survive his fall off the Mount Hope Bridge on July 23, 2013 and, passed away at the age of 45 years old but because of Lieutenant Burke I was able to be at the hospital on that day. And I can only hope all the people involved can be rewarded or acknowledged for going above and beyond their call of duty. And. I will always remember these fine officers. I would also think to thank Officer John Mylek for many calls he made to me to check up on me to see how I was doing. If this was to happen in Ca or Ny it would have been all over the news. I am asking for your help to please give my thanks to these three men for doing what they did out of the kindness and love and passion of their job. They are true police officer heroes in my eyes I know they did not save a life or take a bullet they from their heart and I just want to say thank you. So if there is anything your office can do anything out of the kindness that you can help see that the three officers are given respect for their job to let America know that the state of Road Island has three outstanding officers. They went out of their way to show me a visitor from Palm Springs Ca, kindness for me that means a l lot to me. Officers that helped me on the day of my brother death.