Hastings (WSYR-TV) - A stretch of road in Oswego County was dedicated Monday to New York State Trooper Amanda Anna, who died while on duty nearly a year ago.
State Police believe Trooper Anna was in pursuit of a vehicle in the town of Hastings, when she lost control of her SUV and crashed on May 25, 2012.
Monday, the "Badge of Honor Association" and State Police dedicated a sign to Anna at the site where she crashed on Rt. 37, approximately one mile west of State Rt. 11.
"On the night she lost her life, Amanda was patrolling the back roads of this area and that's what our troopers do, they protect our roads and communities so we can be safe in our homes and Amanda personified this commitment," said New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D'Amico.
To help ease the pain, Anna’s fellow law enforcement brothers and sisters came together to commemorate the stretch of road – reminding everyone of the ultimate sacrifice she made for her community.
“We are a family and it's a brotherhood and sisterhood in this profession that we have each others backs and that the community understands what we go through on a day-to-day basis,” NY State Police Sgt. Justin Collins said.
The grief and sadness still looms for Anna's parents, Frank and Florence Wallace, as they continue to care for Amanda’s five-year-old son Ethan.
"Just all of a sudden, without warning, the worst thing in the world had happened and our daughter was on her way back to The Lord,” said Florence Wallace. "It seems like this has been a year of long, long goodbyes, and nightmares, and tears, and all the family things you feel.”