CLARENCE, N.Y. (WIVB) - Tears were flowing Friday at the Clarence funeral of New York State Trooper Kevin Dobson, who died the line of duty last weekend.
Governor Andrew Cuomo and Lt. Governor Robert Duffy joined the law enforcement community to honor Trooper Dobson and console his friends and loved ones.
Some 3,000 mourners from as far away as California and Texas turned out for the funeral of State Trooper Kevin Dobson. A riderless horse symbolized the loss of a trooper killed in the line of duty.
The celebration of Trooper Dobson's life filled the Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church to overflowing. Governor Andrew Cuomo and Lt. Governor Robert Duffy, a former police chief, were among those who heard loving remembrances.
Trooper John Betker said, "Kevin was the best man at my wedding. Some of you may remember him in his toast calling my wife 'Christian' instead of 'Christin.' Known as 'KPD' or 'Dobber,' Kevin had this way about him that made everybody laugh. Just hearing his infectious laugh was powerful."
Especially powerful was hearing from members of his blended family that includes four children.
Daughter Jamie Dobson said, "I'll miss getting his texts every two minutes, asking where I am, when I'm coming home and if there are any adults there. He was so protective of me and now I wish I would have been more protective of him."
Girlfriend Bridgett Hastings said, "Make sure you hold your loved ones close, tell them you love them and always say goodbye. Till we meet again, Kevin. I will always love you."
Trooper Dobson's brother spoke during and after the service, saying the family understands that Dobson was struck and killed during a traffic stop along the 290 in the blinding glare of the sun, an accident, and there was no blame in their hearts. It is dangerous work and Dobson's father reminded everyone to take care.
Richard Dobson, Sr. said, "He was so proud to be considered one of you. All of you out there, take care, be careful. It will jump up and bite you in the butt in a heartbeat. God bless every one of you."
The funeral procession wound past the Clarence barracks, allowing Trooper Kevin Dobson to finish his final shift on behalf of the people of New York State.
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