Clarence, NY (WKBW) - A funeral was held Friday 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 I-290.
Funeral services were held Friday morning at 11am inside the Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church in the Town of Clarence. More than 3,000 people attended Dobson's funeral, including state troopers from all across the country.
"Kevin had a way about him that made everyone laugh. Just hearing his infectious laugh was powerful," said New York State Trooper John Betker Jr. "He always had a smile on his face, a comedian who always had something happen to him."
Dobson was a Buffalo native, grew up in Lovejoy, and graduated from Iroquois High School. He has four children and is the son of a retired Erie County Sheriff's Deputy.
The New York State Police issued this biography of Dobson:
Trooper Kevin P. Dobson
July 5, 1967 - March 26, 2011
Kevin P. Dobson was born in Buffalo on July 5, 1967. He graduated from Iroquois Central High School in Elma and went on to further his education at Erie Community College. Kevin began his career with the New York State Police on April 30, 1997. After graduating from the State Police Academy in October of 1997, Kevin was assigned to road patrol at SP Boston/SP Holland. In August of 2001, Trooper Dobson transferred to SP Warsaw, Wyoming County, where he worked until June of 2003 when he transferred to SP Clarence. In 2006, Trooper Dobson was assigned to the SP Clarence Interstate Patrol which patrols Interstate - 290, Interstate -990 and State Route 33.
Trooper Dobson remained in this assignment until his final patrol on March 26, 2011. During his career, Trooper Dobson remained a consistent leader in Drug Interdiction arrests amongst his peers. In addition, in 2003, Trooper Dobson became a Field Training Officer and took on the responsibility of training new Troopers who had just completed the State Police Academy Basic School.
During his assignment as an FTO (Field Training Officer), Trooper Dobson trained six recruits. He also volunteered to work Operation Impact Detail which focused on reducing crime in targeted areas in the City of Buffalo.
He pursued training to become a Child Seat Technician and has installed over 100 child safety seats for parents in the Western NY area. During his career, Trooper Dobson received 28 Letters of Commendation for excellence in the performance of his duties. Additionally, in 2007, he was awarded the Public Safety Award from the Knights of Columbus for his vigorous enforcement of the Vehicle and Traffic Law.
Kevin has volunteered his time in support of the Special Olympics. He has participated in both the Torch Run and Polar Plunge.
Surviving Trooper Dobson are his partner, Bridgett Hastings; a son, Kevin Jr. (17); two daughters, Jamie (15) and Brooke (4); a stepson, Andrew Hastings; his father, Richard Sr.; and a brother, Richard Jr.
The flag that is being utilized to cover Trooper Dobson's casket was provided by Melissa Patrick and the Trooper Patrick Flag Fund. It is given to the families of all on-duty Troopers that die in the line of duty to honor their supreme sacrifice. It is being donated in the memory of Indiana State Trooper Scott Patrick who was killed in the line of duty on December 22, 2003.
Flags will also be presented to Kevin's father Richard and his brother Richard Jr. These flags were used to cover Trooper Dobson while in transport to the autopsy and funeral home.
Also, the funeral procession while on the way to the cemetery will pass by SP Clarence station. This is being done at the request of the supervisors and Troopers assigned to SP Clarence to signify Trooper Dobson ending his tour of duty. This has not been done since Trooper Dobson left the station to go on patrol the morning of March 26.
Also of note, Kevin made the decision to become a tissue and bone donor and that wish was able to be accomplished.
Information was released earlier in the week 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.