Memorial Ceremony for Troopers Killed in Line of Duty
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State Troopers based in Batavia held their annual memorial Wednesday for fellow Troopers killed in the line of duty. The memorial honored 15 members of Troop A who have been killed over the years.
Trooper Kevin Dobson is the most recent victim. He was fatally struck by a car, during a traffic stop near Buffalo last year.
Kevin's fellow Troopers, and his father, Richard Dobson, told YNN they have share no regrets about his death.
"Kevin was the last name to be read this year, and let's hope it's the last name ever added to that stone," said Captain Steven Nigrelli, New York State Police. "Kevin was my friend, my co-worker, and it's difficult when you read these names and you see that's someone you buddied around with, you worked with for years... it's difficult."
"I served as a police officer with the Erie County Sheriff's Department for over 30 years. Three of the deputies that I worked with were shot and killed," said Richard Dobson. "But it comes with the job, and Kevin knew that when he put on the uniform and followed into the tradition. He accepted the dangers; he accepted what could happen."
In the past six years, four men and women from Troop A have been killed in the line of duty.