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      State parole officer killed in Oswego Co. crash

      A van off the road in Hastings

      1:00 PM Update:

      A New York State Parole officer was killed in a crash in Oswego County Thursday morning. The interim chairman of the New York State Division of Parole confirms the death of Parole Officer Jeffrey Woolson of Pulaski.

      While on duty this morning, Officer Woolson was involved in a single car crash on County Route 11 in the Town of West Monroe that resulted in his death. "Officer Woolson performed his duties with dedication and honor," said Henry Lemons, interim chairman of the New York State Division of Parole. "His death serves as a reminder of the dangers Parole Officers face every day in their work. My thoughts and prayers as well as those of everyone in the Division of Parole go out to Officer Woolson's family, loved ones, co-workers and friends," Lemons said.

      Officer Woolson has served the Division with distinction since September of 2006, working in Rochester and Syracuse. Officer Woolson received a master's degree in human service counseling from the State University of New York at Oswego. Prior to becoming a Parole Officer, Woolson worked at the Oswego County Probation Department.

      "Parole officers work diligently every day to protect the safety of the public and help those under parole supervision successfully re-enter society," Lemons said. "Officer Woolson personified these ideals and the loss of his contributions to the Division will be greatly missed."

      Original Story:

      Oswego County Sheriff's Department deputies are investigating a deadly accident. It happened just after 7:00 am Thursday on County Route 11 and Brecheimer Road in the town of West Monroe. Sheriff's Deputies say a man lost control on black ice, careening across the road and slamming into a tree. Deputies have not yet released the victim's name pending notification of family members.

      Black ice also appears to be to blame for another crash in the town of Hastings Thursday morning. Black ice and several crashes prompted Central Square schools to delay the start of the elementary school by one hour.