Deputy remembered, ten years later
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BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. -- Family, friends and law enforcement officials gathered to mark the ten year anniversary of Broome County Sheriff Deputy Kevin Tarsia's death.
Tarsia was shot and killed while on duty on July 4th, 2002. Later that year, two men were sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to first degree murder.
Tuesday, a wreath was placed on a memorial that stands in front of the Broome County Sheriff's office.
Friends and colleagues spoke about Tarsia's dedication to his job, but more importantly, to his family.
"Kevin used to have parties at his house once a year and that's when I realized something else about him: How important family was to him. You'd go there and you'd see mom and dad and the brothers and the sisters, the nieces and the nephews and how he interacted and made sure everyone felt welcomed there and this is when you really realize how much of a sacrifice he did make," said Lt. Dale Hamilton.
Tarsia is the only Broome County Sheriff's Deputy to be killed in the line of duty since its formation in 1806.