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May 15, 2013

New monument revealed in memory of State Trooper Kevin Dobson

New monument revealed in memory of Kevin Dobson

Niagara Gazette — 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 Youngman Highway in the Town of Tonawanda on a March morning in 2011.

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. 

"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. 

Dobson was out of his patrol car and was 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." 

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