CLARENCE (WKBW) For some, being an organ donor is a simply signature on the back of a drivers license. But for Trooper Kevin Dobson, who was killed while serving as a member of the New York State Police, it is a way of continued service even after his death.
Trooper Dobson was killed in March of 2011 while performing a traffic stop along the 290. Dobson was an organ and tissue donor, and was honored on Wednesday for impacting at least 70 lives, people in need across the country.
"Today was very special to me. The thought that Kevin, parts of Kevin, will be living in other people, in my mind it keeps Kevin alive," Kevin's father Richard Dobson said.
"It makes me feel better knowing that he is living vicariously through other people. That his organs are in other peoples bodies and that he saved two lives, it means a lot knowing that he's doing good even after he passed away," Kevin's daughter Jamie said.
Kevin's story of donating life has been chosen to be a part of the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena on January 1st, and a portrait of the trooper, made out of all natural materials, will be part of one of the parade's floats. The Dobson family is being flown out to California to watch the parade as well.
"The honor that they are bestowing my son, at first it was overwhelming, it took me some time to absorb it," Richard Dobson said.
Jamie put the final touches on that portrait this morning, filling in her father's eyebrows.
"His trademark were his eyebrows, his 'Dobson Brow,' it's always been a funny Dobson thing. I get mine waxed and he hated that, so definitely a good place for me to contribute," Jamie said.
"I was so proud of her because I know she's holding back tears. I'm very proud of her," Richard added.