People gathered Tuesday to say goodbye to a police officer who spent more than a decade serving the City of Hudson. Our Innae Park reports.
HUDSON, N.Y. -- "If this type of service gets this kind of effect, he must've done something right," said Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore.
Ask anyone who knew him. "Wrigs" did it right.
The impact Officer William "Billy" Wrigley had was seen in the tears of the mourning, in signs of gratitude and city offices closing on the day of his burial.
"I was amazed at how many people told us, 'Oh, he helped us,'" said Christine Kachuba, Wrighley’s aunt.
The Navy veteran was killed in a single-car crash Friday on County Route 19 in Livingston.
Amidst the mourning though, there were memories.
"Every time I saw this mammoth, 300-pound man, he was racing that stupid bicycle," said Rev. Richard Washburn, Hudson Police Department chaplain.
That brought a smile to the grieving.
"He was just a big teddy bear. I loved being hugged by him," Kachuba said.
Then came a challenge to be like the gentle giant.
"That tug on your heart, that hole right there, it means he had an effect on your life. I want you to leave here and make sure you do the same for your friends and family," said Rev. Washburn.
"Average age on this department is young, and eleven years as a veteran in my department and the younger guys definitely looked up to him as a role model," said Moore.
And the 6-foot-6-inch officer leaves big shoes to fill.
The investigation into the crash is ongoing.
More information on how to help:
If you'd like to honor Officer Wrigley through a contribution, in lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the St. Jude children's Research Hospital Tribute Program.
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