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June 6, 2014

!-290 bridge named after fallen trooper

Tonawanda News — A bridge on the Youngmann Expressway was dedicated Thursday in honor of State Trooper Kevin Dobson, who died in the line of duty in 2011.

Dobson when he was killed on a March morning at the Colvin Boulevard interchange, near the bridge that now bears his name. He was outside of his vehicle handing out a ticket when a car struck him. Dobson, a 14-year veteran, was rushed to Kenmore Mercy Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later. Dobson, 43, was survived by his father, girlfriend and three children. 

State Sen. Timothy Kennedy, D-Buffalo, and Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, D-Kenmore, introduced the legislation to name the bridge in Dobson’s memory. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the law in October. The measure ensures that adequate signage will be installed to honor him, lawmakers said. 

“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,” Schimminger said.

Dobson’s family, including his 7-year-old daughter Brooke and his father Dick, were on hand Thursday with local politicians to unveil the sign, which designates the bridge as the New York State Trooper Kevin P. Dobson Sr. Memorial Bridge.

State Police Capt. Steven Grapp said the sign will spread the word about Dobson’s sacrifice. 

“Many of the 120,000 motorists that travel this stretch of the highway each day do not know this story, yet they live in this very community. They remain unfamiliar with the person who lost his life while serving them. They need to know this story and they need to remember Kevin Dobson. Therefore by naming this overpass they will now have the opportunity to learn about and know this hero’s story,” he said. 

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