Posted on November 1, 2019 by admin
During a moving ceremony in Veteran’s Memorial Hall inside Waterbury City Hall Friday morning, the West Main Street bridge that spans the Naugatuck River was officially dedicated as the Samuel K. Beamon, Sr. Memorial Bridge.
Family, friends and local and state officials gathered to honor Samuel K. Beamon, Sr.’s years of dedication and service to our community, and share stories about how he always used his infectious, positive attitude to persuade people to do the right thing.
Sam’s many years with the Waterbury Police Department were fondly remembered by many in attendance, including Deputy Chief Apicella who recalled Sam always working to keep kids heading in the right direction. However, it was two of his former colleagues from their days on the Waterbury Police Department that showed Sam’s lasting impact. Danbury Police Chief Patrick Ridenhour and West Hartford Police Chief (former Waterbury Police Chief) Vernon Riddick Jr. joined the celebration and during brief remarks said that without Sam’s guidance and mentoring neither of them would be the police officers they are today.
Mr. Beamon was a distinguished United States Marine Corps Veteran, former Lieutenant of the Waterbury Police Department and dedicated public servant. He also served our community by participating in numerous Waterbury organizations, including the Waterbury Veteran’s Memorial Committee where he served as Chairman, Marine Corps League where he was elected as State Commandant, American Legion Post 135, the VFW Post 201 and as a member of the Waterbury Elks.