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Hochul directs flags to half-staff to honor of Robert M. Burney


Tue, Dec 12th 2023 01:45 pm

Flags to be flown at half-staff on Dec. 14

Gov. Kathy Hochul today announced flags on state buildings will be flown at half-staff on Dec. 14, from sunrise to sunset, in honor of fallen New York State Police Trooper Robert M. Burney.

“Trooper Robert M. Burney answered the call to protect and defend and spent almost three decades serving his fellow New Yorkers,” Hochul said. “May Trooper Burney’s memory be a comfort to his family, and may his legacy live on in the lives he touched in the line of duty. His loved ones are in our hearts as we mourn their loss.”

On Dec. 9, Burney passed away from an illness stemming from his assignment in and around the World Trade Center site following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. He had retired from the New York State Police after 27 years of dedicated service on Jan. 2, 2017.

Burney was from New Hartford and is survived by his long-term companion, his mother and extended family.

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