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Trooper Kevin Patrick Dobson Sr., of Grand Island, who was completing his 14th year with the State Police, died Saturday after he was struck by a pickup truck during a traffic stop on the Youngmann Highway in the Town of Tonawanda. He was 43.

Born in Buffalo, the son of an Erie County sheriff's deputy, he spent his early years in Lovejoy and was a 1985 graduate of Iroquois Central High School. He also attended Erie Community College.

Trooper Dobson joined the force in April 1997 and became a field training officer in 2003, training young graduates from the State Police Academy. He received numerous commendations for his work in traffic safety and drug interdiction, including the Knights of Columbus Public Safety Award in 2007.

He also volunteered with the Special Olympics and took part in the annual Polar Plunge to raise money for the Games.

Devoted to his children, he also enjoyed working on his vintage 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle.

Surviving are his partner, Bridgett Hastings; a son, Kevin Jr.; two daughters, Jamie and Brooke; a stepson, Andrew Hastings; his father, Richard Sr.; and a brother, Richard Jr.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church, 8445 Greiner Road, Clarence.

[ANDERSON]