CROWN POINT — A movement is under way to name the new Champlain Bridge for two state troopers from New York and Vermont who died in the line of duty.
New York State Police Capt. John Tibbitts said he has submitted a proposal to name the new bridge in honor of both New York Trooper Lawrence "Larry" Gleason and Vermont State Trooper Gary Gaboury.
Sgt. Robert Buell and Trooper Michael Bresett of the Schroon Lake substation first approached him about the possibility, said Tibbitts, who is Troop B Uniform Division commander.
"I talked with some local residents, who said it would be a really nice gesture, a great honor. It's one memorial people will have in their minds when they cross the bridge. It seemed like the right thing to do."
Since the bridge connects Crown Point with Chimney Point, Vt., it was appropriate to ask for joint recognition, he said, and he contacted Vermont State Police to see if that agency agreed.
"Their response was a resounding yes. We're putting forth the idea (that) we can name it for both troopers because the bridge is a terminus."
He said he spoke with Gleason's parents, and they were "100 percent behind it."
Gleason died Feb. 11, 2002, when he was shot protecting the life of a woman during a domestic-violence call in Crown Point. The shooter also killed the woman and himself.
"You wrack your mind how to honor someone who died under these circumstances," Tibbitts said. "We believe this would have permanence."
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Gaboury was a diver who died May 12, 1992, during a recovery detail at Huntington Gorge in Richmond, Vt.
Gaboury was attempting to remove the body of a swimmer who had drowned in the gorge when he was trapped by hydraulic pressure underwater and couldn't be rescued before his air ran out.