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Legislature Names Rail Trail Bridge After Fallen Deputy Sheriff

Published: 5/15/2014

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Catherine Durland, (845) 486-2103


The Dutchess County Legislature unanimously adopted a resolution to name the Dutchess County Rail Trail Bridge over Titusville Road in the Town of LaGrange as the “Dutchess County Deputy Sheriff Erik Renninger Memorial Bridge.” The naming comes in honor and memory of Dutchess County Deputy Sheriff Erik Renninger, who lost his life in the line of duty.

On October 9, 1992, Deputy Renninger while assisting a disabled motorist on Route 9 in the Town of Rhinebeck was struck and killed by a passing vehicle.  He joined the Sheriff’s Office in 1991 and had 1 year, 2 months and 4 days of service.  Even in a short time, Erik had gained the respect and admiration of his colleagues for his devoted service to all.

The bridge dedication was in part the work of the members of the Dutchess County Deputy Sheriff Police Benevolent Association and its President Kenneth Powers and Deputy Gregory Winters.  The designation of the bridge is both fitting and appropriate as he was a resident of the Town of LaGrange upon his passing. 

“Deputy Renninger will forever be remembered as a dedicated officer who was doing his duty to protect lives.  This will serve as a reminder to others of the courage that our men and women in uniform show every day,” stated Rob Rolison, Chairman of the Dutchess County Legislature.

The calendar week in which May 15th falls is designated as National Police Week.