Officer Thomas Lindsey remembered after 14 years

It’s been 14 years since Officer Thomas Lindsey was shot and killed in the line of duty during a traffic stop on Neilson Street in Utica.

Posted: Apr 12, 2021 3:57 PM
Updated: Apr 12, 2021 4:07 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – It’s been 14 years since Officer Thomas Lindsey was shot and killed in the line of duty during a traffic stop on Neilson Street in Utica.

Fellow officers remember Lindsey as a dedicated worker who was always willing to help.

“Tom was an outgoing personality who loved his job, loved the community he served. A guy, in the advent of cell phones back then, was handing out his personal number - that kind of thing was unheard of...asking the community to call him with any problems; he'd show up at your doorstep and assist in any way he could,” said Sgt. Michael Curley.

Lindsey worked at Utica Police Department for five years after previously serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.

In 2014, part of Oriskany Street was renamed Officer Thomas Lindsey Highway.

Tom would have retired from the force this year.

Wesley Molina Cerino, the man convicted of murdering Officer Lindsey, is currently servicing a life sentence.

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