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Truck station to be named in honor of fallen Suffolk officer

Officer Glen Ciano was killed by a drunk driver in Commack in 2009. Below, notes posted in his name on a nearby utility pole. File photos
August 21, 2013 | 04:22 PM
To honor the memory of late Suffolk County police officer Glen Ciano, who died in the line of duty when he was struck by a drunk driver, a new motor carrier inspection station on Crooked Hill Road will be dedicated in his name on Tuesday, Aug. 27.

On Feb. 22, 2009, Ciano, 45, who worked in the 2nd Precinct in Huntington, was at the intersection of Vanderbilt Motor Parkway and Commack Road in Commack, helping another officer make an arrest at a traffic stop, when a vehicle hit into his vehicle a little after 4 am. The hit was fatal. Ciano had been on the force for 22 years.

Since Ciano's death Suffolk County Legislator John Kennedy (R-Nesconset) has been working to initiate a plan to build an inspection station to alleviate some of the congestion on Commack Road and found it fitting to remember Ciano in the process.

"It is a true honor for me to sponsor the resolution naming the inspection site after Officer Glen Ciano," Kennedy said. "This inspection site will enhance safety for our officers and our citizens. It is an outstanding project."

Suffolk County police's motor carrier unit will use the inspection station to pull over large trucks for inspection without creating traffic on the roadway.

Two years after crashing his car into Ciano's vehicle, Jose Borbon, 24, of Plainview was sentenced to one-and-a-third to four years in prison for vehicular manslaughter, driving drunk and talking on his cell phone.

According to the office of Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota, Borbon pleaded guilty in November 2010 to first-degree vehicular manslaughter and aggravated driving while intoxicated.

The dedication next week will include a sign and plaque presentation and a tour of the inspection station. There will also be a performance from a pipe band and "American Idol" season 12 contestant Rachel Hankers will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Additionally, trucks from the Commack Fire Department will also be parked at the unveiling as a way of honoring Ciano and the work he did for the community of Commack.

Ciano, of Bayport, left behind his wife, Susan, and two children, Samantha and Daniel.

The unveiling and dedication ceremony will begin at 11 am at the motor carrier inspection station on Crooked Hill Road, near Long Island Expressway exit 52.

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