TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) - Grief counselors are helping local state troopers cope following a tragic weekend here in western New York.
Grief counselors say it will take some time for troopers to grieve and get back to their daily lives, after one of their own was killed over the weekend.
New York State Trooper Kevin Dobson died on Saturday after he was struck by a pick up truck on the 290 in the Town of Tonawanda.
"This is another time that the state police has taken a hit, and it's close, Kevin's one of our guys," said New York State Police Captain Steven Nigrelli.
The loss of a 14 year veteran devastated law enforcement communities throughout New York State.
News 4 spoke with grief counselor Bernard Feldmann who's helping troopers during this difficult time.
Feldmann says part of the healing process involves a series of emotional meetings.
"They come to an understanding that it was the event that was unusual and not their emotions once we get them to that point biggest issue is to teach them to reach out to each other," said Feldmann. "The greatest thing is that your a human being first and a cop second and this is tragic for anybody."
State Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed Saturday morning's accident to contact the Clarence barracks. That number is 759-6831.
Trooper Dobson left behind three children and was 43 years old when he died. His family is still finalizing funeral arrangements. Meantime, no charges have been filed at this time and the investigation continues.
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