Mourning bunting hangs from the windows at the Whitesboro Fire Department; blue tape covers name plates on helmets and the village seal on the trucks; the LED display outside honors a lost member. The Whitesboro Fire Department lost their valued friend; their handy lieutenant.
"Whenever we had an issue with anything here, Kevin Could fix it," said Fire Chief Pete Sobel. "Kevin could take my biggest truck, my aerial, and parallel park it on a side street. He was that good."
Whitesboro Police Officer Kevin Crossley died Wednesday night in a car accident on Oriskany Boulevard. He was on duty. Crossley, a full-time Whitesboro officer, was a part-time officer for the Whitestown Police Department and a volunteer firefighter in Whitesboro.
"Kevin was, and you could ask any of his buddies, he was the best guy to be around. He was funny all the time," said Sobel. "When we weren't at work, serving the community as firemen and police officers, we did like to go out and have a good time, and we did. We snowmobiled together, him and several of our other friends. We spent a lot of time this past winter together, snowmobiling and having a good time."
Now, Crossley's name plate sits on his fire chief's desk. Many of those closest to him didn't call him by his name.
"Kevin was intimately referred to by all his good friends as Bing, BING, or Cro-dog. Around the irehouse, he was Cro-dog......it wasn't, 'hey, Kevin, how are you? It was, 'Bing, what's going on?'"
The colossal outpouring of support, from around New York State and beyond, is expected for Officer Crossley's funeral and calling hours next week. Public calling hours are Tuesday, 5-8pm, at the Adirondack Bank Center at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. The funeral is Wednesday at 10am at the Auditorium.