BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - The Broome County Sheriff's Office is the latest location to host the Mobile Police Memorial Wall.
Members of the Southern Tier Law Enforcement Memorial Association, which created the wall, were joined at a news conference Wednesday by Phil and Tom Tarsia, the father and brother of the late Kevin Tarsia.
Kevin is the lone entry from the Broome County Sheriff's Office on the memorial.
He was brutally murdered by two men on July 4, 2002, in Kirkwood when he came upon them divvying up the loot from a gun store burglary.
Tom says the family's wounds were reopened in 2015 when one of the killers, David Sweat, escaped from a maximum security prison in Dannemora, New York.
Tom says the escape strengthened his belief that Sweat and his co-defendant should have been executed for murdering his brother.
However, he is grateful to Broome County Sheriff Dave Harder and the Memorial Association for keeping his brother's memory alive.
"I thought it would be really forgotten but they haven't. Dave Harder did a good job at it, I think, very good. And he's been there for my father a lot. Anytime he had a problem, he'd call and talk to him. And he would, he'd come right to the house," said Tarsia.
The wall is on display and open to the public in the lobby of the Sheriff's Office, which is located behind SUNY Broome in the Town of Dickinson.
The wall has been traveling around the region in advance of the annual Police Memorial Week in Broome County which will be marked the first week of May.
Thirty-eight officers along with two police canines from the State Police Troop C region are listed.
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