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
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
"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
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