NORWICH (WBNG) — Many in Chenango County are coming together to remember 34-year-old Norwich Police Sergeant Timothy Annesi.
“When you think of a police officer in a community that is well liked, well respected, professional, polite, that was Sergeant Annesi,” said Norwich Chief of Police Rodney Marsh. “That’s what he was”.
According to Marsh, Annesi reported to work last Friday and passed away Sunday morning due to chronic illness.
“Here the officers knew nothing about it,” said Marsh. “So it was an absolute shock.”
Police agencies have stepped up to offer their help to the Norwich Police Department.
“Right now the sheriff’s department and the state police have taken over our phones and have taken over our complaints,” Marsh said. “So our officers are able to gather the composure, get ready for the calling hours, get ready for the funeral.”
Annesi was hired in 2006 and promoted to sergeant in 2014.
“He played for the Norwich men’s softball league,” said Patrick Fucci of Oxford. “He was active at the Norwich football high school for most football games and sporting events. Other than that he was an all around great officer. He was really fair with everything he did.”
Annesi was the type of person many say was a role model.
“This is a great loss for the community,” said Norwich Fire Department Captain Bob Barnes. “Tim was a great guy. “It runs in the family. His dad was in the Chenango County Sheriff’s. Well respected in the community. Yes. This is a great loss.”
“He was the type of supervisor that took these young new officers under his wing to train them,” said Marsh. “You know and was like a father figure to them because some of our officers are so young now.”
Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued the city of Norwich and greater Norwich community to lower the American flag from Wednesday, March 20 to Sunday, March 31 to honor Annesi.
Calling hours will be held Wednesday night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Wilson Funeral Home in Norwich.
A funeral service will be held Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. at the Broad Street United Methodist Church.