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K-9 Rocky, seven police men and a matron killed on duty are to be honored

LOCKPORT – Rocky, a Niagara County sheriff’s dog, will be honored, along with seven men and a matron, all of whom have been killed in the line of duty since 1904.

They will be recognized during ceremonies at the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office at 5526 Niagara Street Extension at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sheriff James R. Voutour announced Monday.

The sheriff will be joined by officials of the North Tonawanda Police Department, the Town of Newfane and officials of the Badge of Honor organization in discussing the placement of signs where Rocky and the human law enforcement officials lost their lives on duty.

Rocky died when he fell 60 feet off a Niagara Falls building while searching for a missing person on Dec. 4, 2011.

The others to be cited are:

• William C. Gray, an officer with the then-existing Newfane Police Department, who was fatally shot while serving a warrant on a suspect in 1904.

• North Tonawanda Police Officer Albert J. Kasbaume, who was killed during an incident in 1919.

• Niagara County Sheriff Fred A. Bigalow, who was shot to death while trying to arrest a suspect in a Pekin barn in 1944.

• North Tonawanda Police Capt. Arthur M. Beilein, who died during a 1949 incident.

• Niagara County Deputy Sheriff Williams J. Fiegl Jr., who was killed when his vehicle was struck by a train in Wheatfield in 1956.

• Niagara County Deputy Sheriff Howard D. Mead, who died of a head injury while breaking up a fight between two county jail inmates in 1967.

• Niagara County Matron Phyllis Meyers, who was beaten to death by county jail inmates the day she was planning to retire in 1970.

• Niagara County Deputy Sheriff Jeffrey A. Incardona, who was killed as his patrol car crashed against a utility pole on Niagara Street in the City of Lockport as he was rushing to the scene of the reported shooting of a Lockport police officer.

Voutour said aluminum signs being used to honor the fallen officers were donated by Ulrich Sign Co. of Lockport.

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