ALBANY — The name of fallen Whitesboro Patrolman Kevin F. Crossley was added on Tuesday to the New York State Police Officer’s Memorial in the state capital.
A total of 63 officers were added to the memorial on Tuesday as part of the annual Police Officer’s Memorial Remembrance Ceremony, according to state officials.
It is the most ever honored in one year. There are 1,567 names on the memorial.
Crossley, age 34, was killed in the line of duty on April 11, 2018 in a motor vehicle accident on Oriskany Boulevard.
He was one of three officers recognized on Tuesday for line-of-duty deaths in 2018.
The other new officers memorialized on Tuesday include an officer from 1904 who had not been previously recognized, and 59 officers who died from illnesses they received working at Ground Zero in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack at the World Trade Center.
“Their names will be forever etched in this memorial to not only honor their legacy, but to remind us all that New York’s law enforcement officers put their own lives on the line every day to keep us safe,” said Governor Andrew M. Cuomo at the ceremony.
“We cannot possibly thank them enough for that service.”
There are also bills in the state legislature to rename a portion of Oriskany Boulevard in Whitesboro in Crossley’s honor. State Senator Joseph A. Griffo passed a bill in the Senate, and Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon passed a bill in the Assembly. The act is awaiting Governor Cuomo to sign it into law.
The Gov. Alfred E. Smith State Office Building was illuminated in the color blue Tuesday evening in memory of the fallen officers.