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Fallen officer honored in Commack

On a chilly but sunny spring day, the family of deceased Suffolk County Police Officer Glen Ciano unveiled one of several signs that designated the corner of Vanderbilt Motor Parkway and Commack Road "Glen Ciano Place."

The Commack intersection is where the 22-year police veteran lost his life on Feb 22, 2009, when he was on his way to assist another officer and his car was hit by an alleged drunken driver.

The Suffolk County Police Pipes and Drums Emerald Society played "God Bless America" and "Amazing Grace" as dozens of officers stood at attention at Monday's ceremony.

Suffolk Legis. Steven H. Stern (D-Dix Hills) said the signs, posted about 200 feet on four sides from the corner where Ciano's patrol car wrapped around a light pole, are more than a reminder of a police officer who lost his life while protecting the public - the signs are also a reminder of the dangers of drunken driving.

Ciano's wife, Susan, agreed.

"I hope these signs will be a lesson to be learned," she said, adding that her husband's death "still affects so many people."

Ciano's family will head to Albany this week and Washington, D.C., next week for memorial services held for officers killed in the line of duty.

Susan Ciano and her children, Samantha, 22, and Daniel, 20, still maintain a homemade memorial attached to the pole that includes flowers, a teddy bear and the words, "Don't drink and drive. Gone Forever."

Prosecutors say Jose Borbon, 24, of Plainview, was drunk and talking on his cell phone when he hit Ciano's patrol car.

Borbon, who is held on $1 million bail, is due back in court on May 18. He has pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter and first-degree vehicular manslaughter.

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