It's been a tough few years for the local law enforcement community, as several well-known and well-liked officers died way too early.
Unfortunately, diseases tied to their work at the World Trade Center after the 9/11 terrorist attacks are starting to claim more.
At least three state troopers from the region have died in recent months from illnesses tied to exposure to toxins in the air from the building collapses, and I know of another local trooper who has had to retire in his 40s because of lung issues. The latest was State Police Sgt. Charles "Chuck" Salaway, who died Saturday at the age of 55 from cancer linked to his service in New York City in 2001.
Salaway spent 8 years of his career as the station commander in Greenwich, where the affable supervisor was beloved by the troopers who worked for him and officers from other agencies. Not everyone is happy when the media calls their station, but Chuck treated all of us with respect and was always helpful.
Many of his colleagues from the State Police and other local agencies have taken to social media to remember him.
"Rest easy sergeant, thank you for your service," wrote Washington County sheriff's Lt. Todd Lemery.
Salaway retired last October amid health problems, ending a 27-year career.
Calling hours will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. June 14 at Singleton Sullivan Potter Funeral Home, 470 Bay Road, Queensbury.
Funeral services with full departmental honors befitting a line of duty death will follow at 11 a.m. June 15. at Christ Church United Methodist, 54 Bay St., Glens Falls.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the NYS Troopers PBA Signal 30 Fund, 120 State St., Suite 2 Albany, NY, 12207.
-- Don Lehman