Earlier today, I was on hand to honor 16 fallen police officers from New York State. Included in those remembered today was Lt. Mike Chiapperini from Webster, who was killed on Christmas Eve as he responded with fellow volunteer firefighters to a fire in Webster. The black granite memorial lists the names of more than 1,300 police officers, state troopers, sheriff's deputies, and other law enforcement personnel who have died in the line of duty in New York state.
Earlier this afternoon, the Greece Police Department held a ceremony to name their newest Greece Police K9 dog. The dog is named 'Chip', in honor of fallen officer, Lt. Mike Chiapperini of the Webster Police Department and West Webster Fire Department. It is tradition in law enforcement to honor fallen heroes by naming a canine after them. Greece Police Chief Todd Baxter, along with Webster Police Department Chief Gerald Pickering.
I was pleased to join my colleagues in State government to announce that seven local police agencies will receive state funding for bullet proof vests through the inVEST Partnership. These vests are critical to the brave men and women who protect our community on a daily basis.
I'm pleased to support the Badge Of Honor Association by wearing the BOHA 7 bracelet, honoring 7 fallen Police Officers. Thanks for all that you do for law enforcement officials, including advocating for commemorative signage for fallen officers along state roads, legislation I am proud to sponsor in the State Senate.
I was honored to join local law enforcement officials, the Badge Of Honor Association and members of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office Association of Retirees to help dedicate a road sign in honor of fallen Special Deputy Joseph Munz. In February 1932, Special Deputy Munz was struck by passing car while assisting at the scene of a crash near Clover Street and Highland Avenue. This memorial sign is located on Highland Avenue, near the intersection of Clover Street in the Town of Brighton.