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WILLIAM A. DRAGOWSKI, EX-POLICE OFFICER

William A. Dragowski, 71, a former Niagara Falls police officer, died Thursday (Sept. 20, 2001) in Mount St. Mary's Hospital after a long illness that included hospice care.

Dragowski, known as "Drake," was born in Niagara Falls and graduated from Trott Vocational High School.

He joined the U.S. Air Force after high school and was a staff sergeant stationed in Japan and Greenland.

Dragowski joined the Niagara Falls Police Department in 1952 and served 20 years. He was a detective in charge of the Narcotics Bureau in the early 1960s and also served in the traffic division manning a radar unit.

He was a past commander and chairman of the board for American Legion LaSalle Post 1142. Dragowski was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Echo Club and the Police Club.

Dragowski was a former baseball player in the Police Athletic League and also enjoyed golf, bowling and hunting.

Survivors include his former wife, the former Theresa Kotlarz; a son, Paul of Harrisburg, N.C.; two daughters, Carol Berry of North Tonawanda and Barbara Hood of Niagara Falls; three sisters, Stella Zaremski, Helen Kindzia and Jeanette Ferenc, all of Niagara Falls; and six grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Monday in St. John de LaSalle Catholic Church, 8469 Buffalo Ave., preceded by prayers at 11 in Zajac Funeral Home, 319 24th St. Burial will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Lewiston.

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