UTICA, N.Y- 12 years ago, Utica police officer Thomas Lindsey was killed in the line of duty. Each year a mass is held at Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Genesee Street.
Sunday's mass was filled with both local parishioners and local police officers. Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri attended and says he had the privilege of working with Lindsey.
"Its something you never forget that tragedy that transpired. But how it not only affected the Utica Police Department but everybody. I had the pleasure of working with Tom and he was an outstanding dedicated servant to our community. You know you can never fill those shoes and I guess today we want to remember him and what he has meant to our great city," said Palmieri.
Kathy and Dave Corr lost their son who was a police officer in New Hartford a year before Thomas Lindsey was killed.
"We always come to Tommy's mass," Kathy said. "He only died a year after Joe. Dave came in the house and told me about Tommy and I couldn't believe it," said Kathy Corr.
Obviously, this area has suffered the loss of police officers over the past 10 to 12 years everyone is not immune to that type of incident unfortunately, and it's nice that everyone comes out to support one another in times like this," said Michael Curley, of the Utica Police Department.
Officer Thomas Curley passed away on April 12, 2007.