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TROOPERS GETTING REINFORCEMENTS AT WITMER ROAD SUBSTATION

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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