Highway Dedicated To Aldo Rossi

By WBNG News

October 20, 2010 Updated Oct 20, 2010 at 5:56 PM EST

Port Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Aldo Rossi gave the ultimate sacrifice as a Port Dickinson police officer. He was killed by a drunk driver on the Brandywine Highway in July of 2008.

As Action News reporter Matt Markham tells us, that is where his memory will always live.

Unveiling the sign for the Officer Aldo Rossi Jr. Memorial Highway lifts up a new day for the memory of the fallen Port Dickinson police officer. His life was taken, while doing a job to protect others.

"Aldo's dedicated service to his community contributed greatly to the safety of every single person who uses every road, regardless of whether they call Port Dickinson Home," said Dave Hamburg of the New York State Department of Transportation.

Anyone who knows a cop knows the brotherhood shared by his fellow police officers. And, how any day could be the one where an officer responds to the final call of duty.

For those who knew Rossi, that brotherhood is strengthened through pain.

"Our motto is 'never forget,'" said Port Dickinson Police Department sergeant Doug Pipher. "Any time an officer is down, that's what we always say. And this helps us really complete that."

"It strikes home," said Technical Sergeant Nathan Leonard. "You know about it every day going to work, but when someone you instructed and saw through the academy...it's a hard reality."

Rossi's wife still feels the pain of being without her husband. But, she is proud to see his ultimate sacrifice memorialized.

"It is such an honor to see my husband recognized in this way. But, the heartache is still there. Aldo is still not here," Renee Rossi said.

Her hope as others drive this stretch of the Brandywine is that others will "keep talking about Aldo, and it may bring up, hopefully, the dangers of drinking and driving that led up to this circumstance," Mrs. Rossi said.

"He didn't have to become a police officer. He did it because it was a dream. He had a successful auto glass business for twenty-two years, but being a police officer was something he had always dreamed about." said Renee Rossi, Aldo Rossi's wife

Renee says it was her husband's dream to be a cop -- a dream now displayed where he answered the final call to duty.

31 year-old Patrick Fitzgerald of the Town of Fenton was sentenced for Rossi's death. He is serving five years in prison.

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