Ashland, NY - Greene County Sheriff's Deputy Kevin Haverly was killed in a single-car collision on duty Tuesday morning. He leaves behind a fiance and three children.
26-year-old Kevin Haverly had dreamed of being a police officer for years. After graduating from the Christian Brothers Academy in Albany, he went on to pursue a Criminal Justice degree at the college of St. Rose, where he graduated in 2012. Kevin spent time as an intern at the Albany County Sheriff's Office before he moved to Greene County as a corrections officer. He then worked his way up to patrol deputy, always going above and beyond the call of duty.
"He just wanted to be a law enforcement officer and he wanted to do the right thing he wanted to protect the people of Greene County here, " Sheriff Gregory Seeley told CBS6. He had recently earned a spot on the special response team and was well known for always looking to improve himself. His family said when he wasn't doing the job he loved, he was with those he loved and spent lots of time hunting and fishing.
Early Tuesday morning, Kevin was traveling back to the department's satellite office in Ashton, when his vehicle left the road and struck a telephone pole. He was less than one hour away from ending a 12-hour shift. "Kevin was one of the finest law enforcement officers you could ever meet," said Seeley. "I have no words for it to explain how it hurts." He was taken to St. Peter's Hospital for an autopsy.
The Christian Brothers Academy released a statement following his death. "The Christian Brothers Academy community is shocked and deeply saddened by the loss of Greene County deputy Kevin Haverly ’08. Kevin was a kind, friendly student who graduated from CBA with a deep sense of service to others and committed his professional life to helping others as a Sheriff's deputy. Our prayers are with Kevin's wife and children, his family, his friends, and the Greene County community he bravely and loyally served."
The Greene County Sheriff's Office posted to social media about the loss. "It is with deepest regret and utter sadness that we announce the passing of Deputy Kevin Haverly. Any donations to support his surviving fiancée and 3 young children can be sent the the Greene County Sheriff's Office 80 Bridge St. Catskill, NY 12414. More information to follow in the coming days. We are all at a loss for words right now and appreciate the community's outpouring of support as well as the dedication shown by all of our other local agencies- fly high Kev."
A GoFundMe account has been established for his fiance and young children.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Kevin Havrly's family both blood and blue. Rest easy hero, we'll hold the line from here.
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