BATAVIA, N.Y. (WKBW) As Memorial Day approaches, members of the New York State Police also honored their fallen comrades, with a memorial service at State Police Headquarters in Batavia.
"Those who we pay homage to are true American heroes, who gave their lives in service of those they were sworn to protect," one trooper read, "Their sacrifices have formed a timeless legacies, a long gray line, that will never be forgotten."
Amid the national anthem and a gun salute, names were read and tears were shed as members of the New York State Police who paid the ultimate sacrifice were remembered and honored.
"Really today's tribute is not about how they died. It is really about how they lived," Captain Steve Nigrelli said.
Among the names read was Trooper Kevin Dobson, who was killed last year during a traffic stop on the 290.
"Kevin was my friend, and it hits home. It's personal. And all these people gave their lives honorably and heroically, but so close to Kevin's death, it still hurts," Captain Nigrelli said.
Richard Dobson, Kevin's father, was in attendance at the memorial service.
"Well, Kevin's gone, and we'll miss him. But we are honored the way the public, the state police, and all the officers have treated my son, our family, his children, all of us that he loved," he said.
A wreath was placed at the statue honoring the fallen troopers, a way to never forget loved ones and honor what friends and family call true heroes.
"If society is looking for real heroes, you need to look at the law enforcement. You need to look at the 15 names that were read here today. Fallen officers are heroes," Captain Steve Nigrelli said.