WHITESBORO — A section of Oriskany Boulevard in the Village of Whitesboro has been renamed in honor of fallen police officer Kevin F. Crossley.
The renaming was part of legislation passed by State Senator, R-47, Rome, and State Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon, D-119, Utica.
The pair announced on Tuesday that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed the renaming into law.
The section of Oriskany Boulevard that lies within the village will be known as the Officer Kevin F. Crossley Memorial Highway, according to the bill.
Crossley was on patrol on Oriskany Boulevard on the night of April 11, 2018 when his
patrol car collided with another vehicle.
Authorities said Crossley had just pulled a U-turn and started speeding up to pursue another driver when the collision occurred.
Crossley, age 34, was a seven-year veteran of the Whitesboro Police Department.
“Officer Crossley was a dedicated public servant who fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a police officer and serving his community. He was passionate about helping others and personified what a police officer should be,” said Griffo in a statement.
“By designating a portion of Oriskany Boulevard in his honor, we will always remember the sacrifice made by Officer Crossley and will be eternally grateful for his service to the Whitesboro community and the region as a whole.”
Said Buttenschon, “Officer Kevin Crossley was a beloved and dedicated police officer who lost his life protecting the community he grew up in, and for that, he deserves the utmost gratitude. His passing was a terrible tragedy, and my thoughts go out to his family and friends.”