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      State Route 5 renamed after Utica police officer killed in line of duty

      Utica Police officer Thomas Lindsey

      A Central New York highway will serve as a constant memory of a Utica Police officer killed in the line of duty.

      On Thursday, Governor Cuomo signed four bills that will honor four law enforcement officers who gave their lives while serving, including Utica Police officer Thomas Lindsey.

      A portion of State Route 5a and State Route 5s in the City of Utica will be named Officer Thomas M. Lindsey Memorial Highway.

      Officer Lindsey was a five-year veteran of the Utica Police Department. He was shot and killed during a traffic stop in 2007. Along with serving as a Utica Police Officer, Lindsey was also a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. "We commend the Governor for helping our community honor Tom Lindsey," said State Senator Joseph Griffo. "He made the ultimate sacrifice to help protect us and we want to make sure that his memory and life are ingrained into our history. Officer Lindsey will always be a hero to us."

      Officer Lindsey was killed on April 12, 2007 during a traffic stop on Neilson Street in Utica. He was shot from behind. "It is only appropriate that we honor Officer Lindsey for all he did for the citizens of Utica and Oneida County during his five years as a member of the Utica Police Department with this memorial designation," said State Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi. "His courage and commitment to keeping our community safe will be remembered on a daily basis by the many people who regularly travel this road."

      Welsey Molina-Cirino was convicted and sentenced in Officer Lindsey's death.