Albany, NY – The hard work and service of fallen, injured and active state troopers was recognized last week by Gov. Eliot Spitzer and Acting State Police Superintendent Preston Felton.
More than 50 honorees were recognized for bravery, investigative persistence, police education, traffic safety and community service during the New York State Police 31st Annual Awards Day Ceremonies and Memorial Service at the state police academy in Albany.
“The men and women of the New York State Police represent the best of what it means to be a New Yorker. They are devoted and dedicated to duty and the service of the public,” Spitzer said. “We owe them all our thanks, support, gratitude and respect.”
Families and friends gathered for a memorial service for the fallen troopers outside of the academy, featuring a live-fire salute and a helicopter flyover. Rabbi Bernard Freilich gave the benediction honoring the fallen troopers.
“Bless those who have fallen, so others can stand,” he said of the fallen troopers. “They are a beacon of light for all those assembled here today.” [Legislative Gazette]
Rabbi Freilich Confirmed this morning to VIN, that he gave the benediction, He also added that the new NY State Police Superintendent Preston Felton, is very appreciative, helpful, and understating to Jewish community’s issues.