Tonawanda News

The Town

May 16, 2013


Tonawanda News — CLARENCE — A new monument in memory of New York state Trooper Kevin Dobson was revealed Wednesday morning during a ceremony that family, friends and dozens of colleagues attended. 

Dobson, a 13-year veteran, was killed on the Youngmann Highway in the Town of Tonawanda on a March morning in 2011. He was out of his patrol car handing out a traffic ticket when a 71-year-old man struck him with his vehicle. 

The 43-year-old trooper was rushed to Kenmore Mercy Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later. 

“He got an earlier start than usual that day, and went out to do his job,” Superintendent of New York State Police Joseph D’Amico said. “Traffic tickets are some of the most dangerous things troopers do, and it was something he did many times in one shift, and thousands of times over his career ... but we do them because we know they are important.”

Dobson was survived by his father, girlfriend and three children. 

The fallen officer was described as a great father and son Wednesday, and colleagues said Dobson had an outgoing personality with “nonstop humor.” 

“There are no words I can speak that can take away your loss,” Capt. Steven C. Graap said to Dobson’s family at the ceremony. “But maybe this memorial can help you ... provide you with some peace in your heart and in your home, and provide a memory of your son, your father, your brother. I hope this moment is treasured and long lasting.” 

Dobson’s father, Richard, thanked the troopers for their efforts. 

“I’m proud of my boy,” he said. “Thank you for allowing him the privilege of serving.”

The monument, which includes a photo of Dobson as well as an engraving of his nickname, Dobber, was made possible by a number of financial donations. It isn’t a permanent structure, so it can be moved when a new office is built in the coming years. 

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