Top Cops Awarded at Gala

May 12, 2011 Updated May 13, 2011 at 8:37 AM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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May 12, 2011 Updated May 13, 2011 at 8:37 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) Whether they were representing the police or sheriff's department or the FBI office this group of dedicated officers setting aside their individual badges Thursday night.

Former Town of Cheektowaga Police Chief Christine Ziemba receiving an award. Ziemba was the first female police officer in the history of the department and eventually becoming the first female police chief in Cheektowaga.

The night was also a tribute to many recipients who have since passed on including New York State Trooper Kevin Dobson.

Dobson was killed in late March after being hit by a car on Interstate 290 while he was issuing a traffic citation. His girlfriend and father accepted the award on his behalf.

Dobson's family says his life is bringing public awareness about the state's Move Over Law.

The proceeds from the dinner go to equipment and training for Erie County Law Enforcement officers.