TONAWANDA, NY (WKBW) -- Services have been set for New York State Trooper Kevin Dobson who was struck and killed by a car early Saturday morning while issuing a traffic ticket on the side of the 290.
Dobson has four children and is the son of a retired Erie County Sheriff's Deputy. Eyewitness News spoke with the trooper's older brother over the phone Monday morning. "My brother was always that special person, no matter what was going on around you, he made you laugh... when he looked at the world what he always saw was happiness," Rich Dobson Junior said. "He loved his family, he loved being a state policeman, and lived for his children."
Dobson was a Buffalo native, grew up in Lovejoy, and graduated from Iroquois High School. The school released this statement on Monday. "The Iroquois School District mourns the loss of one of our former students, Kevin Dobson, who graduated in 1985. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family."
Trooper Dobson's father says wake services will be held on Wednesday and Thursday from 4pm to 8pm at the Amigone Funeral Home on Sheridan Drive in Amherst. Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 11am at the Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church in the Town of Clarence.
"We have to always remember all it takes is one second... and you could end somebody's life," Rich Dobson Junior said.
Dobson's neighbors knew him for his smile, and his dedication to his family. Fred Jarzab lives two doors down from Dobson. "He helps me out by snowplowing my sidewalk from time to time, and I know he's a good family man, I've seen him playing basketball with his kids," he said.
One of Dobson's friends, William Ortiz, shared his condolences. "I really feel sorry for the family," Ortiz told Eyewitness News, "I just feel really bad. I don't know how they can go on... I can't even imagine."
Another person who is remembering Dobson is New York State Senator Patrick Gallivan. He worked with Dobson and his father. "It's even sadder for me, given my background both as a state trooper and the former Sheriff of Erie County," Senator Gallivan said. "I served with Kevin for a very short time when he first started as a trooper and I also had the honor of serving with his father who is a retired lieutenant from the Erie County Sheriff's Office."
In Albany, Senator Gallivan passed a resolution in honor of Trooper Dobson late Monday. "He will be formally recognized by the senate, formally honored," Senator Gallivan said. "We will pause in a moment of silence for him, and all of my colleagues from across the state will honor him with me... honor the life and accomplishments and service of trooper Kevin Dobson and to mourn his loss."
It has been a very tough past few months for the Dobson family. It was just in November that Trooper Kevin Dobson's mother died from health issues, and now a car crash takes Kevin's life this past weekend.
More information is being released about the driver who hit Dobson. He is in his 70's and reportedly said the sun was blocking his vision. Officials are investigating the crash. No charges have been filed at this point.