On Thursday, a few dozen gathered to remember their fallen loved ones who once upheld the law and served the county.
"I'm thrilled to see so many people this year, especially the little ones," said Scanu.
"We appreciate this day. It is one day devoted to our father," said Brunell.
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Their father, Fred Hulsopple, was the first to have his name engraved into the Rensselaer County Law Enforcement Association's memorial. Six names were added to the memorial this year, bringing the total to 24 names.
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Edith Wood, 78, Sue Scanu, 70, Betty Brunell, 68, and Arlene Sheldon, 65, said they have made a point of attending the ceremony every year in front of the county jail. The memorial site is marked by red and white flowers, benches, a monument, and a flag pole.
TROY Every year since 1995 four sisters have taken at least one day out of the year to honor their father, a former Rensselaer County Sheriff's Department Officer.
The smell of fresh flowers filled the evening air as Pastor Kerri Weldon, from the First Reformed Church of Wynantskill, spoke comforting words to those present.
Weldon, who has been speaking at the ceremony for six years, encouraged those present to remember their loved ones and the time they shared together to keep their memories alive.
"They served Rensselaer County with pride, devotion, and honor," she said. "And they were so much more than the uniforms they wore. They were sons, fathers, friends, colleagues and inspirations. They were the one person you could count on no matter what. And they would laugh off any reference to heroism."
officer for 29 years. He died of a heart attack, his family said.
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"Unfortunately, we had a few more names to add this year," said Bill Brooks, the association's president. He is a retired Watervliet and North Greenbush police officer with 23 years of service. He said he knew most of the people on the memorial.
memorial was dedicated in 1995. Names, in a stone horizontal sidewalk tablet, have been added since then.
Representatives from all of the police agencies serving in Rensselaer County attended including the Sheriff's Department and the State Police, officials said.
This year was dedicated to John Welcome, Ed Witko, John Colello, Arthur Miller, Edward Miller, and Russell Zeigler.
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