The miles vanished, as law enforcement officers from all over central New York and beyond came to the Adirondack Bank Center in Utica Wednesday to honor Whitesboro Police Officer Kevin Crossley, who died in a car crash while on duty April 11th.
Mementoes, things that brought Crossley joy, surrounded his flag-draped casket; chief among them was his prized Harley Davidson. The family and loved ones to whom Crossley brought much joy sat close by. The officer's bosses, who were also his friends, shared memories of the fun-loving, fierce protector and dedicated public servant.
"You wouldn't want another guy backing you up; you wouldn't want another guy by your side when it was hittin' the fan," said Whitesboro Police Sargeant Jason Buley. "Kevin was one of those cops where when you check the schedule to see who's on at night, you could actually put your phone down and relax a little bit because you knew he was out there."
Crossley was a Whitesboro police officer, Whitestown police officer and had served as a Whitesboro firefighter. His fire chief and friend, Chief Pete Sobel, remembered his brave friend.
"We'd all gladly trade places with Kevin Bing Crossley, but he'd never allow that. 'Greater love hath no man than to lay down his life for a friend.’”
Officer Crossley's Police Chief, Dominick Hiffa, had to clear out his officer's locker. In it, he found a poem, taped to the door. It was about a deceased officer meeting God. The chief read from the poem.
"The policeman stood and faced his God, which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shining, just as brightly as his brass...step forward now policeman, you've borne your burdens well. Come walk a beat on heaven's streets, you've done your time in hell."
Officer Kevin Crossley, Whitesboro native son, will be laid to rest in Forest Hill Cemetery.