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Troopers mark anniversary of fallen comrade

Memorial in honor of Trooper Dobson
WBFO News photo by Mark Leitner
Memorial in honor of Trooper Dobson

The New York State Police are honoring a trooper killed a year ago during a traffic stop.

Troop A Commander Major Christopher Cummings presided at the remembrance ceremony today at State Police barracks in Clarence where Trooper Kevin Dobson was assigned.  The ceremony included a small contingent of State Police and some family members.

"State Police pay tribute and honor the memory of Trooper Dobson in many ways. We will never forget him, and we will always be out there doing all we can to make our roads safe," Cummings said.

Among those at the ceremony was a K-9 named "Dobber," who was named in honor of Dobson. It is state police tradition to name all of its dogs after troopers who've died in the line of duty.

Dobson was killed March 26, 2011 when he was struck by a pickup truck during a traffic stop on Interstate 290 in Tonawanda.  The truck's driver was temporarily blinded because of the early morning sun. 

Dobson was 43 years old and had been in the state police for about 14 years. His death came just month's after passage of New York's "Move Over" law, which requires motorists to change lanes when possible while passing a stopped law enforcement officers on roadsides.