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Funeral held for Hudson officer killed in crash

Posted: Updated: Jan 28, 2014 3:53 PM
William B. Wrigley (Hudson Police Dept.) William B. Wrigley (Hudson Police Dept.)

HUDSON, N.Y. -- Funeral services were held Tuesday for a Hudson police officer killed in a car crash early Friday morning. 

Family, friends, fellow police officers, state troopers and firemen gathered to say goodbye to 35 year-old William Wrigley on Monday.

Edward Moore the Hudson Chief of Police said "Very impressed by the turnout of our community. We're a small city and it's amazing to see the gestures by all walks of life and for that we're very grateful."

Officer William Wrigley was driving in Livingston when his car went off the road and hit a tree.

"I think Bill Wrigley's the kind of officer I want on my force," said Moore. "Someone who connects with the citizens. We're here to serve and if this type of service gets this type of affect, he must've done something right. So I think it's a great tribute to our big man."

Wrigley was not only a Persian Gulf War veteran but he also served 11 years on the Hudson Police Force, a true example for his fellow officers.

"Average age on this department is young, you know and 11 years is a veteran in my department and the younger guys definitely looked up to him as a role model," continued Moore.

At 11:30 Monday morning, services were held at St. Mary's Church for the fallen officer.

Immediately following the funeral service, those who attended made their way to Cedar Park Cemetery, to say their final goodbyes to Officer Wrigley.

In the City of Hudson, Mayor William Hallenbeck Jr. closed all city offices and departments in honor of Officer Wrigley's death. Also, every single flag here in town will remain at half-staff until 8 o'clock Wednesday morning.

On Monday, dozens gathered outside the Raymond Bond Funeral Home to pay their last respects to Officer William Wrigley. A memorial for Wrigley was held over the weekend.  

The service was held at Saint Mary's Church in Hudson. City offices were closed so people could attend services.

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