CAIRO, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Wednesday was a somber day in Greene County.
Everyone gathered at the emergency operations center for grief counseling. The flags are flying at half-staff as many are coping with the loss of Deputy Kevin Haverly.
Through flowers, flags, or donation there is no shortage of support for friends and family of Deputy Kevin Haverly who was killed after his marked sheriff’s vehicle veered off Route 23 and into a utility pole.
“If you knew Kevin and you knew how hard he worked that’s what makes this hurt even worse. He was so dedicated to his job and his family and the citizens of Greene County we’re going to dearly miss this guy,” Greene County Sheriff Greg Seeley said.
The 26-year-old father served with the Greene County Sheriff’s Department for just a few years but he worked a lifetime to get there.
“It’s dad to lose any officer but it really hurts when you got a young kid like that who just got a chance to live his dream,” Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said.
Sheriff Apple says Haverly got his first taste for law enforcement interning in his investigations unit.
“He did a lot of undercover drinking stings for us. We sent him in, he was underage at the time and was just a kid. He really wanted to be a cop.”
Meanwhile, Sheriff Seeley says the outpouring of support has been spectacular. Law enforcement from neighboring communities came down to help with patrols, and a GoFundMe has raised upwards of $30,000 for his fiancée and children.
Sheriff Apple says people are reaching out to his office to make donations, too. A local business owner dropped off a check Wednesday morning.
“He called me up came over to my house and dropped off a 1000 dollar check.”
As for Sheriff Seeley and the rest of Greene County, the sudden loss is going to take some time to sink in.
“Something that I’d like to say to him is thank you very much for all the service,” Sheriff Seeley said. “Thank you for what you did for the citizens of Greene County and Kevin I’ll shoot a bit buck for.”
Calling hours will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, March 6 at St. John the Baptist Church on Route 81 in Greenville. Parking is available at St. John the Baptist Church, the Greenville Central School, and the Greenville Town Park.
The sheriff’s office says if you would like to donate to the Haverly/Debenedetti family, please go to your local branch of the National Bank of Coxsackie and donate to the Kevin Haverly Memorial Fund. There are local branches in Coxsackie, Greenville, Athens, Cairo, Glenmont, Middleburgh and Ravena.