Police Week Breakfast Remembers Fallen Heroes

Published 05/06 2014 03:55PM

Updated 05/06 2014 05:18PM

The Southern Tier Law Enforcement Memorial Association held its annual memorial breakfast in Owego.

Police agencies from across the region took time to honor a somewhat forgotten hero this morning. The event included a presentation about the death of Ithaca College Security Officer Bill Chapin back in March 1986.

Chapin, who was also a part-time officer with New York State Park Police, was working as an EMT when he was dispatched to help rescue a hiker who had fallen into the water at Buttermilk Falls State Park.

Chapin slipped on ice along the gorge and plunged into the cold water. His body was recovered four days later.

His friend, retired Ithaca Police Investigator Dale Johnson, is part of a group lobbying to have Chapin's name added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.

"They're all heroes. Everyone of them are heroes. We need to remember them. And who's going to remember them if we don't as brothers and sisters in this field," said retired Ithaca police investigator Dale Johnson.

Organizers also took time to honor Johnson City Police Officer David Smith who was shot in the line of duty at the end of March and to acknowledge and support his family.

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