Saturday, September 09, 2006

In memoriam

The Times Union reports that thousands of mourners are expected to fill Saratoga Springs this weekend and Monday for the wake and funeral of Trooper Joseph Longobardo of Middle Grove.

Saratoga Springs High School officials were told that 5,000 to 10,000 people are expected to attend the wake from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The wake is being held in the high school auditorium, at 3 Blue Streak Blvd., which holds about 1,300 people, according to district officials.

For the funeral at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Clements Roman Catholic Church, 231 Lake Ave., police departments from across the Capital Region will help city police with traffic. The church holds about 800 people, police said. Burial will follow at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Saratoga.

To donate: The New York State Trooper Foundation established two funds to accept donations in response to the shootings of Longobardo and fellow Trooper Donald H. Baker Jr. The Trooper Joseph A. Longobardo Memorial Fund benefits Longobardo's family. The second is named for Baker. Donations pay for enhancements to the State Police Mobile Response Team, to which both troopers were assigned. Make checks payable to NYS Trooper Foundation, and send to 3 Airport Park Blvd., Latham, NY 12110. Designate the name of the fund in the memo section of the check.