Suffolk County and Smithtown officials Tuesday dedicated a new truck inspection station in Commack to a county police officer who died in the line of duty, saying that the facility will help keep roads safe and provide a space for officials to conduct vehicle checks.
"In the western part of the county, we're limited on locations [to do inspections]," said Sgt. Michael Mallin of the Suffolk County Highway Patrol Bureau's motor carrier safety section, adding that officers typically work in train stations and park-and-ride parking lots.
"We basically need a safe location for both the truck and for my officers to do safety inspections and this provides it here," Mallin said.
The new commercial motor vehicle inspection site, located on the west side of Crooked Hill Road between Henry Street and Commack Road, was dedicated to Officer Glen Ciano, 45, who was killed in February 2009 on Commack Road and Motor Parkway when his patrol car was struck by a drunken driver.
Ciano "put the safety of others above his own" and the site honors the "courage, dedication, and sacrifice that Officer Ciano showed," Suffolk County Police Commissioner Edward Webber said Tuesday at the station's unveiling, where County Executive Steve Bellone and Legis. John Kennedy Jr. (R-Nesconset) were also present.
Ciano served as a Suffolk County police officer for 22 years and a New York City police officer for three years, said his widow, Susan Ciano, 50, of Bayport.
She attended the ceremony with son, Dan, 24; daughter, Samantha, 25; and other relatives, and said that the dedication was "a celebration."
"It's an honor that his name is here," Susan Ciano said. "It's now part of family history, and that's great. . . . I hope this makes a difference for the community."
At the new station, police will inspect commercial trucks, school buses, motor coaches, party buses and stretch limousines by checking for proper licenses, mechanical function and load weights, officials said.