The family of a deceased Suffolk County police officer recently unveiled signs that officially named an intersection after the officer, reports a New York Injury Lawyer. The intersection at Vanderbilt Motor Parkway and Commack Road is where the 22-year police veteran was killed on February 22, 2009, while he was responding to a call for assistance from another officer. His car was hit by an alleged drunken driver.
As dozens of officers stood at attention, the Suffolk County Police Pipes and Drums Emerald Society played “God Bless America” and “Amazing Grace” during the ceremony. A Suffolk legislator declared to a New York Personal Injury Lawyer the signs would do more than remind others of a police officer who lost his life protecting the public. They are also signs that remind others of the dangers of driving drunk.
The wife of the slain officer agreed. “I hope these signs will be a lesson to be learned,” she told a New York Car Accident Laywer. She continued on to say that her husband’s death “still affects so many people”. The officer’s family will go next to Albany, then to Washington D.C. for memorial services held for officers killed in the line of duty.
The officer’s wife and her children, a 22-year-old daughter and a 20-year-old son maintain a memorial attached to the pole the officer’s car struck. It includes flowers, a teddy bear, and the words, “Don’t drink and drive. Gone Forever.” Prosecutors informed New York Car Accident Lawyers that the 24-year-old Plainsview resident involved in the crash was drunk and talking on his cell phone when he hit the officer’s patrol car.
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