TONAWANDA, N.Y. (AP) - A ceremony was held to name a bridge in honor of a New York state trooper who was struck and killed by a vehicle three years ago.
The dedication ceremony for the Trooper Kevin P. Dobson Sr. Memorial Bridge was held Thursday morning at Colvin Boulevard and Eggert Road in the town of Tonawanda. A nearby span on Interstate 290 is being named in his honor.
The 43-year-old Dobson had pulled over a motorist along that stretch of I-290 in March 2011 and was writing a traffic ticket when he was fatally struck by a vehicle.
Local state legislators sponsored a bill naming the bridge for Dobson. They were joined at Thursday's ceremony by members of Dobson's family and the New York State Police.
“Trooper Kevin Dobson was faithfully committed to his duty to protect and serve our community. He went above and beyond, always working hard to keep our roads and neighborhoods safe,” said Senator Tim Kennedy. “The ‘New York State Trooper Kevin P. Dobson, Sr. Memorial Bridge’ will serve as a reminder for all Western New Yorkers that our highways were made safe by Trooper Dobson and his brothers and sisters in uniform. As we dedicate this highly-traveled bridge in Trooper Dobson’s honor, we thank those who have dedicated their lives to law enforcement and we ask our community to do what we can help keep our State Troopers and local police officers safe – and that starts by reducing speed and moving over for emergency vehicles stopped along our roads and highways.”
“I am so pleased to be standing here today at this dedication, honoring Trooper Dobson’s service to our community and New York State. Renaming this overpass in memory of Trooper Dobson will ensure that from his tragic death will come a daily reminder to motorists to slow down and move over for police cars, fire trucks and ambulances that are stopped on the side of the road with their emergency lights on,” said Assemblyman Robin Schimminger. “Since 2010, five New York State troopers have lost their lives in the line of duty in automobile accidents and during routine traffic stops – the most recent tragedy occurred just last week. It is my hope that this reminder will cause motorists to be more aware of the dangers that police officers and other emergency personnel face every day.”
Trooper Dobson’s father Dick Dobson said, “On behalf of the entire Dobson family, we’re honored that the state has taken this action to honor my son Kevin’s name. My boy was dedicated to making the highways of New York State safer for motorists, bicyclists and all who travel our roads. We know that Kevin’s death was not in vain, and we miss him dearly. We want to thank Senator Kennedy, Assemblyman Schimminger and the entire Western New York Delegation for their work to officially designate this heavily-traveled highway as the ‘New York State Trooper Kevin P. Dobson, Sr. Memorial Bridge.’ It will help everyone who travels the highway recall the selfless actions of all law enforcement officers who work so hard every day to keep our community safe.”
New York State Police Captain Steven Graap said “This event is extremely significant as the very community Trooper Dobson served will be reminded of his sacrifice each time they travel this section of Interstate 290 and view the prominently displayed signs hung in his honor.”