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Off-duty policeman killed in crash


LIVINGSTON—William B. Wrigley, 35, of Livingston, a Hudson Police officer on the force for the past 11 years died in a one-vehicle crash on County Route 19, just south of the State Route 9 intersection, January 24 at 5:13 a.m.

Columbia County 911 dispatched Sheriff’s Office patrols to the accident scene.

They determined that a 1997 Honda Civic, owned and operated by Mr. Wrigley was traveling south on County Route 19 when for an unknown reason it crossed off the west shoulder of road and struck a large tree, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett.


Officer Wrigley was off-duty at the time of the accident, driving his personal vehicle. No other vehicles were involved in the accident. Mr. Wrigley, the only occupant of the vehicle, died at the scene.

A press release from the City of Hudson Police Department said that Officer Wrigley had a distinguished career, marked by numerous citations for bravery and exemplary duty.

He was a member of the department’s Bike Patrol and Honor Guard. He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy. He is survived by his mother, father and brother, all local residents.

“Our small department is reeling from this loss. Our officers are very close, like family. Officer Wrigley was a large man, both in stature and heart. He took particular delight in working with children during our bike rodeos, and always volunteered for the city’s numerous parades and events. He was a brave officer who put his own safety at risk numerous times for our citizens. He served well,” Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore said in the release.

“I would like to extend my condolences to the family, friends, and law enforcement community of the City of Hudson, on the unexpected and untimely death of Hudson City Police officer William Wrigley. As we honor the life of William Wrigley we also acknowledge and honor his service representing the City of Hudson residents in the capacity of police officer protecting the lives and property of all he served. Officer Wrigley will be remembered for all he gave to community and his fellow man,” Hudson Mayor William H. Hallenbeck, Jr., said in the release.

The accident is still under investigation by Sheriff’s investigators and Columbia County Coroner James Bertram.

Northern Dutchess Paramedics, Livingston Fire Company, Deputy County Fire Coordinator Bill Hunt and City of Hudson Police assisted at the scene.

Investigating for the Sheriff’s Office are Sheriff David Bartlett, Undersheriff John Davi, Captain John DeRocha, Sr. Investigator William Foster, Investigator John Rivero, Sergeant Brian Molinski, Deputy Jason Garvey and Deputy Thomas Bagnall.


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