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Honoring fallen Monroe County Sheriffs Deputies

Rochester, N.Y.-- Corporal Catherine Crawford was just 46-years-old when she died. She was a wife and mother of three children. She died two years after being injured breaking up a fight inside the Monroe County Jail.

Crawford loved her job, according to her daughter, Kelly Morrisey. Crawford worked as a jail deputy at the facility on East Henrietta Road.

Kelly was 26 when her mother died. Kelly told us: "She loved working here. She loved her job. She loved coming to work."

Larry Crawford was emotional listening to the tribute for his wife and the other fallen officer, Sgt. Peter Rotolo, who died in 1974.

Crawford is a retired Monroe County Sheriffs Deputy. He said his wife was a hard-worker and dedicated. He told us: "Very proud. I know if she was here today she'd be up in the ranks, she did her job well and she was concerned for other people."

The Badge of Honor Association, along with the Monroe County Sheriffs Retiree Organization is hoping to put up memorial signs honoring all of the deputies who have died on the job.

They are facing some resistance from the State Department of Transportation, because the DOT limits what kind of signs can be on roads.

Justin Collins, President of the Badge of Honor Association promised families of other fallen deputies, they will have signs up honoring them. Collins said they hope to work out an agreement with the DOT to memorialize these deputies.


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