A memorial was held today for the Hudson police officer who was killed in a crash in the town of Livingston. People gathered in memory of 35-year-old William Wrigley, who served on the Hudson Police Department for eleven years. Our Madeleine Rivera has more.
LIVINGSTON, N.Y. -- Friends and family stood, united in their grief, after losing a loved one.
"Billy just got a house in Livingston near where his car ran off the road. He was almost home," said Deidre Wrigley.
Her son, 35-year-old William Wrigley, died Friday. He was driving on Route 19, when he veered off the road and hit a tree. The Hudson native was an 11-year member of the Hudson police department, well-known and liked by many.
"He stood for what he believed in, honesty and respect, all the good values we all have," said his mother.
Many who turned out for Wrigley's vigil recalled the same fond memories.
"Always the friendliest cop, the most helpful person in the world. Just a humongous loss," said Justin Weaver, Wrigley's friend.
Through some prayers, candles, and songs, they said a meaningful good-bye to Wrigley. But, it's clear that his memory will live on.
"When you think Bill Wrigley, you think smile, you think his big laugh, big hugs," said Weaver.
"He called me goofy. And I said we can all be goofy, and it's okay because that's the joy we bring in life. I've always been proud of him," said Deidre.