Trooper Raymond C. Dodge

Trooper Raymond C. Dodge

New York State Police, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, July 2, 1974

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Raymond C. Dodge

Trooper Raymond Dodge was shot and killed after responding to a dispute between neighbors at Lake Seneca in Dresden at 7:00 p.m.

Trooper Dodge had been on the same call earlier in the day and resolved the situation. When the neighbors began to argue again, Trooper Dodge returned and was shot by the subject with a shotgun. Trooper Dodge was able to return fire before he died, wounding the subject several times.

Trooper Dodge was transported to Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Penn Yan, where he died from a chest wound.

The subject was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 5 to 15 years in prison on August 5, 1975. He was paroled on December 9, 1982.

Trooper Dodge was a United States Marine Corps veteran and had served with the New York State Police for seven months. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 7 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, June 30, 1974
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Paroled in 1982


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To Ray Dodge last born Son also to the person who wrote our officers should be better trained. My name is Donna and your Dad is and will always be our brother and Uncle. He stayed with us quite a bit being his sister is my Mom. Beverly Lonski.
In this world of heart break, blessings, dreams and memories there is no one as strong as your Mom..Your Dad loved you before your first breath. I honestly believe that your Dad has never left her side. Watching them together before any of you kids, was and is a love that I am proud and blessed to have seen. Your Mom is a Lady that didn’t skip a beat to be angry or feel sad for herself and you boys. I see you are in the military and we are all proud of you. BTW I loved you before you were born also.
If there were a trophy or ribbon for being the most humble, kind and best person I ever meant. I wrote her letters when you Dad was away working and when I just needed her. She could wrestle your Dad down and though we know he could have won, watching them be so in love is something I pray you have one day and all of us. So should you ever have questions, need a friend or just to vent, I am here.
As for the gentleman who said we need to give officers more training, I mean no disrespect but my Uncle Chip knew that POS from previous complaints, he shot not to kill!! Two tours of Vietnam, ran over by tanker once and shot the second time, he knew exactly what he was doing. He was and is a Marine forever.
When my Mom got that call she fell to the floor and she and my Dad headed to hospital in Hornell. I went to church and made all the promises I could think of to God, to please let him live. That day i didn’t talk to God any more for a long time. I was and am blessed with having a baby girl, Shannon. When the Dr told me she would die at that time being only one years old, she was my life, my reason for living so I talked to God for the first time in awhile. I am not a holy roller or whatever that is, but God knew I could
Not live without her. I was 16 and hell bent on she will live. God can’t always answer prayers right then and we don’t understand why he takes the wonderful away too soon. He has a plan and when our time comes, we will understand that plan.
Your Dad, Uncle Chip will always be loved and never forgotten. My brother Danny, has the beat memories of him and one day you should ask him where they use to camp behind Grandpa in the woods.
Please know you are so blessed with two parents forever in love.

Donna Crawford
Uncle/ Brother

May 2, 2024

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