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The 10 state troopers who spent most of the year doing work once done by 17 finally have some more help at the Witmer Road substation.

State Police Zone I Capt. Ralph Pratt said three more troopers are being added to the substation staff this month.

Trooper Daniel Dedo already has been transferred here from Zone 1 Headquarters in the Town of Lockport, and Trooper Robert Marren is being transferred from Albion effective Thursday, Pratt said.

And Trooper Christopher Pyc -- off duty for more than a year because of a head injury he suffered in an on-duty traffic accident -- returned to work this month.

"This should help us a lot," Pratt said, noting that more troopers will now be available to cover state roadways in the western end of Niagara County and on Grand Island.

The substation was short-staffed because of retirements and Pyc's being out of action because of his injuries.

Pratt also said State Police Investigator Jack Lyons has been sent to work in Zone 1 Headquarters, replacing Investigator Joseph Iresabal, who retired in January, returning the investigative staff in the Town of Lockport to a two-man operation.

The State Police has yet to name a senior investigator to replace Senior Investigator Thomas Gregson, who retired in August.

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