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Hochul directs flags to half-staff for fallen New York State Trooper

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Mon, May 20th 2024 12:50 pm

Gov. Kathy Hochul today directed flags on state buildings to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on May 21 in honor of Staff Sgt. Benedicto Albizu Jr., a retired member of the New York State Police. On May 9, Albizu passed away from an illness stemming from his assignment in and around the World Trade Center following the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001.

“Staff Sgt. Albizu put his life on the line to save his fellow New Yorkers on 9/11 – an act of courage and sacrifice that we will never forget,” Hochul said. “Our prayers are with his family, his loved ones and the entire New York State Police as they grieve this loss.”

Albizu's funeral services are being held today.

Albizu entered division service on Sept. 30, 1985, serving 33 years, and retired in 2018, last serving in Troop H, Aviation Unity. He leaves behind a wife, three daughters and many loved ones.

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