Tonawanda News

The Town

May 16, 2013

TROOPER HONORED

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Tonawanda News — “When we move, the monument moves,” Trooper John Betker Jr. said. 

Betker also said that Dobson’s work is being carried on in a different way, as well — through the police’s K-9 officer, named Dobber in the trooper’s memory. 

“Whether it’s the stickers on the car, a bracelet on our wrists or a memorial on the 290, you will be missed and never forgotten,” he said. 

State Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer, Erie County Legislator Edward Rath III, U.S. District Attorney William Hochul and Town of Tonawanda police officers also attended Wednesday’s ceremony.

“They were there after the tragedy, and they helped us get through that terrible event,” Graap said of the town officers. “We are indebted to them.” 

The accident, which occurred March 26 at 7:30 a.m., came just three months after the state passed the “Move Over” law, which requires motorists to switch into the left lane when they see a law enforcement vehicle on the shoulder of a highway with its emergency lights activated. The law was passed after two law enforcers were killed in separate incidents during traffic stops in 2010. 

State police have focused on enforcing the law since Dobson’s death, officials said. 

“As unfortunate as Kevin’s death was it has opened up the eyes of the public with the law,” Sgt. Joseph DiMaria said last year. 

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000 ext. 4150, or follow her on Twitter at @JessicaLBagley

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