CORINTH, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A longtime Saratoga County public servant is being remembered for his kindness and dedication to duty after losing his life Wednesday morning in a crash.
It was at this sharp turn along Antone Mountain Road where sheriff’s deputies were called to around 6:20 a.m.
A tow truck had gone off the roadway striking a tree. Inside, one occupant was found-he was already gone.
Responding officers would soon learn that the driver had been one of their own.
Rodney Niedziejko, 51, had been a lifelong public servant with the Corinth police department as its chief and then 10 years as a Saratoga County Sheriff’s deputy.
Sheriff Michael Zurlo extended his condolences in this statement:
“Rodney was a guy that was liked by everyone. He always had your back and was a valued member of the Sheriff’s Office”
Former co-workers say that Niedziejko had been working as a contractor with a towing company and was on the job when the crash happened.
“It’s just really sad because he was such a nice man. He was polite and sweet he could always make you laugh.”
Sunny Patterson is a server at Rocco’s Pizzeria where Rodney and his wife enjoyed dinners out together.
“A lot of times they would be going for walks and they would come in together.”
She says everybody pretty much knows everybody in Corinth and most everyone knew Rodney for his sense of humor and friendly attitude.
“Anybody who asked about him always thought very highly of him. You know, always had nothing but nice and sweet things to say about him.”
Sunny says her thoughts are now focused on Rodney’s family.
Niedziejko leaves behind a wife and family.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation. The sheriff says alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor.