Sign dedicated to deputy killed in the line of duty

RUSHFORD, N.Y. (WIVB) – On Wednesday, law enforcement officers gathered to dedicate a road sign in honor of Deputy Sheriff Derek P. Ward, who died in the line of duty 10 years ago.

The road sign was erected at the site where the Allegany County Sheriff’s deputy was killed in a car accident in 2004, at the intersection of Rt. 243 and Buffalo Street in the Town of Rushford. It was provided by the Badge of Honor Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in Western New York.

Wards’ widow Crystal, their children Haylea and Mitchell, Wards’ parents Dan and Dee, along with several other family members were in attendance Wednesday.


Officers from Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, New York State Forest Rangers, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State University Police at Alfred, Angelica Police Department, Cuba Police Department, and the Alfred Police Department also attended the dedication. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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