When Erin Craw graduated from UConn, she had four members of the Bridgeport Police Department by her side.
Craw is the daughter of the late Bridgeport Police Captain Robert Craw, who passed away last August after a courageous battle with cancer.
Captain Craw’s wish was to see his daughter graduate from UConn.
“Bobby would have given anything to see Erin graduate,” said Police Chief Joseph Gaudett. “He dedicated his life to the City of Bridgeport but he was even more dedicated to his family."
Assistant Chief James Nardozzi, Capt. Brian McCarthy, Lt. Bill Mayer, and Sgt. Charles Johnson attended the commencement ceremony on May 10.
“I’m proud of the work that our Police Department does every day keeping our kids and families safe in Bridgeport,” said Mayor Bill Finch. “On this particular day, our officers were there for one of their own, to be by Erin’s side on this special day and to honor the memory of Captain Craw.”
After earning a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at the University of New Haven, Craw joined the Bridgeport Police Department in 1978. He quickly rose through the ranks to eventually earn the title of Captain, and has proudly devoted over 36 years of service to his hometown, Bridgeport.
“Bobby was a good man, a good cop and a great father. He had 36 years on the job,” said Chief Gaudett. “He never seemed to miss a day of work. And he always seemed to go right home after his shift to be with his girls. He was always there for them. We wanted to be there for them too.”