OUR SURVIVORS
This page is dedicated to our team members who are survivors.  It explains a little about themselves, their experiences as a survivor and their expectations of the project.
  1. Dawn DeBenedetti
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    Dawn DeBenedetti
    Dawn is currently working on her story and it will be update once it is completed.
  2. Kelly Brainard
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    Kelly Brainard
    Dave was brave, he was my hero. He enlisted with the United States Army in 2001 as a result of the events surrounding September 11, 2001. He served with the 82nd Airborne Division, in both Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2005 he entered the New York State Police Academy and graduated in March of 2006. Dave was sincere, honest, and fun; he loved to tease and joke with everyone. He enjoyed going to work every day and was proud to serve his community. He was the guy that you could call anytime for anything. He had hopes of becoming a BCI Investigator and put in his letter applying to a position a few weeks before his EOW. My fiancé, Trooper David J. Lane was killed in an on duty automobile accident, November 4, 2009. Dave died doing a job that he loved. People often say the accident could have been avoided, but I say, he was doing what he was trained to do. Every day you have a choice…a choice to put on a bullet-proof vest…a choice to wear your seatbelt, a choice to think about what reaction there will be to your actions. All these choices have consequences, whether good, bad, intentional or not. Every day when your feet hit the floor you put your life on the line. To serve and protect. Just remember to do the job you were born to do to the fullest and never have any regrets. Dave did not have a will, which presented several issues for myself and his parents. Luckily we had each other to help with certain things. It was a long process; trying to remember every bill, how bills were paid and when. It is not something you want to be dealing with while you are trying to grieve. Relieving your family from additional paperwork or trying to figure out what you would have wanted, is definitely something to think about. Plus you will have peace of mind. Every day on my way to work I drive passed the spot where Dave took his last breath, donned with a white cross and flowers in a box underneath. I take a moment, blow Dave a kiss, and thank God for my past, my present and my future. Today, I am married, to a wonderful, supportive man. He is a lieutenant at the Sheriff’s Office in Greene County. We have a great life and a loving home. I do struggle day to day with feelings of guilt, sadness, happiness, all rolled into one overwhelming emotion. I am thankful for my life, my friends and my family. Dave’s parents have been such a blessing to me; they support me, love me and have always been there for me. I am excited about this project and am so proud to be a part of it. I believe it is going to help so many families. A family has enough pain they are going through when they lose a loved one. Having the burden of trying to get things straight on your behalf doesn’t have to be one of them. There is paperwork and red tape of all types and what this project is doing is alleviating some of the pressure, and puts something in place for you, God forbid something happens.