Slain Deputy's Badge, Call Sign to Be Retired by N.Y. Sheriff's Office

May 16, 2024
Onondaga County Sheriff's Lt. Michael Hoosock was killed along with Syracuse Police Officer Michael Jensen when a gunman with a semi-automatic weapon opened fire in Salina last month.

SYRACUSE, NY — Onondaga County Sheriff Toby Shelley will retire slain Lt. Michael Hoosock’s badge and call sign in a ceremony on Thursday.

The ceremony will take place at 5:30 at the Palladium Memorial in front of the Justice Center at 555 S. State St., said Tom Newton, a spokesperson for the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office. The memorial honors deputies and county first responders who have died this year as well as the three deputies who have died in the line of duty over the years.

Hoosock was killed along with Syracuse Police Officer Michael Jensen when a gunman opened fire on April 14 in Salina. The gunman had a semi-automatic weapon and was also shot and killed.

Hoosock’s badge No. 1703 and Call sign 45L2 will be retired.


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The ceremony will start with the sheriff reading the names of members of the sheriff’s office who have died in the past year, Newton said. Then he will read the three members who have died in the line of duty while working for the sheriff’s office.

The ceremony is shared with the Onondaga County Volunteer Firefighters Association, Newton said.

A bell will be rung for each person who died, he said.

Hoosock was a cop, a firefighter and a paramedic. He was survived by his wife and three children. His funeral was held at the State Fair Expo Center.

The ceremony comes the same week that Jensen was added to the memorial for Syracuse police officers lost in the line of duty.

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