A new Suffolk County Police Department motor carrier inspection site, which opened on Crooked Hill Road in Commack Tuesday, was dedicated to SCPD Officer Glen Ciano, who was killed by a drunken driver in 2009.
Ciano was assisting a fellow officer when he was killed by a drunken driver in 2009.
During the dedication ceremony, two Commack Fire Department trucks hoisted a giant American flag over the site as the Suffolk county Police Department Emerald Society Pipe Band played to the crowd of legislators, police officers and the Ciano family.
“It is so appropriate to name this site in memory of Officer Ciano. He dedicated his life to protecting others and saving lives. There is no doubt that he did that, and now this site in his name will undoubtedly continue to save lives in this County,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said.
Ciano’s wife Susan said that she hopes when people see her husband’s name on the site’s fence, that they will think twice about drinking and driving and be safer on the roads.
“This station will take someone else off the road that may cause harm to an individual - an individual that may have a family. His name will be remembered forever and I am very proud to stand here with my extended family,” she said.
Ciano’s family, which included his three brothers, two children, nieces, nephews, in-laws and mother, said that they were proud to see his name remembered in a way that will provide for the community.
Ciano was the 22nd SCPD officer to die in the line of duty, Suffolk County Legis. John Kennedy, who spearheaded the project, said.
Since her husband's passing, Susan now volunteers to speak to police recruits as part of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. She is also a leader in the Metro New York Chapter of Concers of Police Survivors, a support network for family members and friends of those who have died in the line of duty.