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Five year anniversary of UPD Officer Thomas Lindsey's death in Nielson Street shooting

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - What was supposed to be a routine traffic stop on Neilson Street in the City of Utica five years ago, turned into a moment that would forever change the lives of many at the Utica Police Department.

April 12, 2012 marked the fifth anniversary of when Utica Police Officer Thomas Lindsey, 32 years old at the time, was shot and killed.

"I know this day falls on the five year anniversary of his death, but the reality is, we live with it everyday," said Police Chief Mark Williams. "There are regular reminders of Tom in this department, no matter where you go. To include that in the officers walking after role call, they pass that memorial wall which is in route to them changing shifts and getting into their cars. We live with Tom and his death everyday."

Lindsey was riding alone in a patrol car when made the stop. Following his death, the department has attempted to have two officers per car. However, that's something that Police Chief Mark Williams says has been tougher to do, if not impossible, amid budget cuts.

The fallen officer's memory continues to live on, be it in the form of the Thomas Lindsey Foundation, which helps local kids, or the Thomas Lindsey Public Safety Complex on James Street in Utica.

A memorial mass for Officer Lindsey is scheduled for Sunday, April 15 at 11:15 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Utica.

Wesley Molina Cirino, also known as "Flaco," was sentenced to life in prison for Lindsey's murder.

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