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David A. Hock, police officer in Southtowns

Aug. 18, 1960 – March 5, 2016

David A. Hock, of Eden, an excavation contractor and officer in several Southtowns police departments, died Saturday in Roswell Park Cancer Institute. He was 55.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Hamburg High School. He worked for several years in his father’s business, Gene Hock Excavating, and graduated from Genesee Community College Police Academy in 2000.

He served as a K-9 officer with police departments in Gowanda and Springville and was acting police chief in the Town of Brant in 2006-2007. He handled canine security at the Erie County Fair.

In 2001, while working as a North Collins police officer, he saved the life of a drowning puppy by administering mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

Mr. Hock was a past chief and exempt member of the Armor Volunteer Fire Company and was an emergency medical technician. He served as a trustee of Eden United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, the former Linda Laing; a son, David; a daughter, Elizabeth Moden; a brother, Don; a sister, Deborah Kunselman; and a granddaughter.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Eden United Methodist Church, 2820 E. Church St., Eden.

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