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LEE WEZENSKI

Lee Wezenski, a 1977 graduate of Branford High School, was a stellar student athlete. Tough, determined, and gifted, he earned numerous varsity letters in football and track.

As a member of the Hornet’s football team playing for  Hall of Fame coach Joseph Farina, Lee brought a “hard-nosed and old school” presence to the squad.  The consummate team player, he virtually never left the gridiron during the game, playing offense, defense and special teams. As a senior, he excelled in the defensive line leading the team in tackles. He also rushed for over a thousand yards from the fullback position.  At the conclusion of that season, Lee earned All Housatonic League honors and was named All State Honorable Mention.

Edward Chlebek, the head coach at Boston College recruited and offered Wezenski a full athletic scholarship. While competing for the Eagles, Lee saw considerable playing time against top tier opposition and he lettered as a defensive lineman.

During the spring, while in high school, Lee was one of the best track athletes in the state under head coach Dave Johnson. Displaying great versatility, he competed in the sprints and in the javelin. As a senior, he set the Housatonic League record in the javelin with a toss of 197’0 feet. That performance earned him All Housatonic League honors. On the hardwood, Lee participated in basketball for one season as a forward and he lettered for the Hornets.

Following high school, Lee studied sociology. He graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts in 1981. Two years later, he enlisted in the Air Force. While in the military, Lee was a crew member aboard the strategic air command center entitled “Looking Class.” This position required specialized training and security clearance. Coinciding, with his enlistment, he continued his education studying math and computer science at the University of Nebraska.  After being honorably discharged Wezenski served in the Air National Guard.

After returning to civilian life, Lee became a supernumerary police officer for the town of Branford. To this day, he has continued in that capacity. Professionally, Lee is a prominent business owner. In 1997, he along with John DeCarlo co-founded NexGen. They developed software that allows an officer to track emergency calls and to fill out reports while in the cruiser as opposed back at the station.

Today, Wezenski is involved in a number of organizations in the community. He is a long time member of the Branford Elks Club and the Killingworth Lions Club. Since 1996, Lee has volunteered to operate trolleys at the East Haven Trolley Museum. Lee has also volunteered to coach Killingworth Little League and Tri-Town Youth Football. For his devotion to volunteerism, he has twice been named Person of the Week in the local paper.

Lee is the son of the late Edward Wezenski and his wife the former Joan Hardwick. Currently, Wezenski resides in Killingworth with his spouse Roberta and their children Nicole, Danielle and Austin.

            

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