CLARENCE, N.Y. (WIVB) - A life remembered in song and through tears. An extended family of loved ones and comrades come together for a final salute to one of New York's finest.
Colleagues from near and far joined forces in western New York to honor New York State trooper, Kevin Dobson. Many hearts are heavy on this solemn day. Trooper Dobson was dedicated to his family and career.
More than 3,000 men and women in law enforcement came from as far away as California and Texas to honor the memory of one of their own. State Trooper Kevin Dobson was struck and killed last Saturday while issuing a ticket on the Youngmann Expressway.
The procession wound its way in front of the Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church in Clarence, the town where Trooper Kevin Dobson was headquartered. Governor Andrew Cuomo and Lt. Governor Robert Duffy, once chief of police and then mayor of Rochester, attended funeral service celebrating the life of Trooper Dobson.
Officers bowed their heads in respect as they passed by the casket. Trooper Dobson's death had come as a great shock to his fellow troopers.
NYS Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico said, "They all seemed to share the same sentiments about Trooper Dobson. Capt. Steve Nigrelli said, 'Someone who brought so much cheer and laughter to us, has made us cry so hard today.'"
They remembered this man who loved his job and was quick with a joke or prank. His best friend recalled the time Kevin rescued him from his roof.
Trooper John Betker said, "But when he did arrive at my house, he took a little extra time to put the ladder back up. He was too busy taking pictures me and sending them to several of my friends and my wife, who was out of town."
But his greatest love was being a dad. There were four children in his blended family.
His daughter, Jamie Dobson, said, "I'll miss him hanging out with me when I didn't want to hang out with my friends. I'll miss those cards he always gave me on Valentine's Day to show me how much he loved me."
"His beautiful face, his smile and his infectious laugh, silenced. I didn't want you to leave me Kev," said his girlfriend, Bridgett Hastings.
His brother, Richard Dobson, Sr., said, "He was so proud to be considered one of you. All of you out there, take care. Be careful. It'll jump up and bite you in the butt in a heartbeat. God bless every one of you."
Following the service, the family was presented three flags. The procession later passed Troop A headquarters, a symbolic end of Kevin Dobson's tour of duty as a state trooper.
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