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Crash kills police officer in Columbia County

LIVINGSTON – A one-car crash Friday morning on Columbia County Route 19 just south of the intersection of Route 9 in the Town of Livingston has claimed the life of the driver, an 11-year member of the Hudson City Police Department.

Sheriff David Bartlett said the victim, William Wrigley, 35, of Livingston was alone in his car when it ran off the road around 5:13 a.m. and struck a tree. No other vehicles were involved. Wrigley was dead at the scene.

City Police said Wrigley had a distinguished career with several citations for bravery and exemplary duty.  He was a member of the department’s Bike Patrol and Honor Guard. He was a veteran, having served in the US Navy.

He is survived by his parents and a brother.

“Our small department is reeling from this loss,” said Police Chief Edward Moore. “Officer Wrigley was a large man, both in stature and heart. He took particular delight in working with children during our bike rodeos, and always volunteered for the city’s numerous parades and events. He was a brave officer who put his own safety at risk numerous times for our citizens. He served well,” the chief said.

Mayor William Hallenbeck, Jr. said Wrigley “will be remembered for all he gave to community and his fellow man.”