PORT DICKINSON (WBNG) — Ten years ago Port Dickinson police officer Aldo Rossi Jr. was killed in the line of duty by a drunken driver.
Friday morning the community unites as one at the Port Dickinson Police Department to honor Rossi.
"We miss him a lot," said Rossi’s sister Aldeana Rossi.
Local law enforcement agencies, politicians and Rossi’s family all attended the special ceremony.
"To be able to come where he came to work and died is, this is huge," said Aldo Rossi Jr.’s widow Renee Rossi. "It’s a good part of the healing process."
She says Aldo was a good man. "No matter what he was in the middle of, he could be in the middle of work, have ten projects going on and if someone wanted to call and needed something he was there instantly," she said.
Kathi Bailey of Binghamton made it her mission to create this special day. She regularly creates and cares for local police memorials.
She says she wanted to make one for Aldo. "There’s no such thing as healing from something all the way from something like this," said Bailey. "But maybe knowing that he’s being recognized and honored and remembered visibly now, very visibly, that’s my hope."
Aldeana says having the police memorial for her brother means everything.
"It brought tears to my eyes because I’m proud that he was a police officer and served the community," she explained. "But at the same time he’s not here."
She says her brother was her rock. "He lived the life of a 100-year-old man and he was 42 when he passed. So his life was larger than life."
Aldo leaves behind a legacy and a family who will never stop loving him.
Bailey has one message for Aldo. "We will never forget you," said she said. "We will never forget you."