By Allison Collins
SIDNEY – The New York State Police at Troop C welcomed large crowds to their Sidney barracks for the troop’s centennial celebration Saturday, Oct. 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guests, including community members, retired troopers and trooper family members and friends, enjoyed a traveling New York State Police museum, vintage trooper automobile display, tours of the barracks, helicopter flight demonstrations, mounted trooper demonstrations, music by the Edward P. Maloney Memorial Pipe Band, canine demonstrations and more.
Public information officer with Troop C Nathan Riegal said he was pleased with the event’s attendance.
“I’m happy,” said Riegal, “I’ve seen everybody and we’ve had a really good turnout.”
Riegal, a 23-year veteran of Troop C, which employs around 320 troopers and comprises seven counties, said preparation for the centennial celebration began roughly two years ago.
Recently appointed troop commander Major William McEvoy said he, too, was pleased with the obvious support and interest from Troop C communities.
“It’s going really well and we’ve had a good turnout from the community,” said McEvoy, adding, “Everyone seems to be interested in what we’re doing and having a good time.” McEvoy noted, “The canines are always the favorite.”
Begun in 1975 in anticipation of the US Olympics, held that year in Lake Placid, the K-9 unit has grown from three teams of handlers and their bomb-detecting dogs to 99 active teams, making Troop C’s K-9 Unit one of the largest in the country. Handlers and their canine counterparts undergo a 20-week training.