MALTA – Members from throughout the county gathered at St. Peter Lutheran Church Sunday, April 2 to spotlight local victims of crime.
Saratoga County District Attorney Karen A. Heggen hosted the 18th annual Crime Victims’ Candlelight Vigil at the Route 9 church. Victims of crime, their families, representatives from numerous nonprofit agencies and law enforcement joined the District Attorney’s Office at the event.
The program included remarks from Edward Kinowski, chair of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors; Elizabeth Cronin, director of the New York State Office of Victim Services; and Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner. Musical selections were performed by Saratoga County Assistant District Attorney Jesse Ashdown and his son Andrew Ashdown and harpist Donna Adams.
Lisa Savard, mother of Joelle DuMoulin, talked about her journey as a victim of crime and discussed how the 2017 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week theme resonated with her. DuMoulin was killed during a road race in Corinth 15 years ago.
Heggen presented two public service awards. The first recognized the entire investigative unit of the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department for their work on the Arthur and Heidi Gannon case. Lead investigators Rodger Zalucky and Curtis Brand accepted the award on behalf of the unit. Heggen said the “unceasing work and dedication to this case” by all of the members of Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department brought about the successful prosecution of two sexual predators.
Matthew R. Coseo was given the second award. Coseo was a district attorney in Saratoga County for four years before accepting the position of Principle Court Attorney for the Saratoga County Surrogate. Heggen cited Coseo’s continued involvement with the Saratoga County Victim Impact Panels, as well as his continued work spearheading the annual Saratoga County Stop DWI Hockey Game to raise funds and awareness regarding the dangers of drinking and driving.
The vigil concluded with a candlelight ceremony providing friends and family members the opportunity to remember victims of crime.
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