An off-duty Peekskill police officer was one of two people killed in a crash near the village of Goshen. YNN's John Wagner spoke with the grieving department.
PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- "It's rattling, we're all shook up, and we'll never forget him," said Nicholas Franco, Peekskill Police Officer. "He'll always be in our hearts."
The Peekskill Police Department lost one of its finest. According to investigators, Julian Hermosillo, 29, died on Sunday night after losing control of his Jeep on Route 17.
"He really gave his all and he's certainly going to be missed here," said Sergeant Raymond Henderlong, Peekskill Police Detective. "This is a small department and it's like a family, and we've certainly lost one of our brothers."
Hermosillo's jeep crossed over the guard rail into the oncoming lane, crushing another car.
A 90-year-old Oneonta passenger in the other vehicle also died. The cause of the crash is still unknown.
As a six-year Army veteran, Julian defended our nation in Afghanistan before moving into law enforcement. He worked in Wallkill and transferred two and a half years ago to the close-knit Peekskill department.
"He had a lot of military experience, nothing ever seemed like it daunted him," said Franco. "He kept himself in tip-top shape and he was just a great guy. You need a favor? He was there."
Julian is remembered as a go-to guy, admired for his upbeat, positive attitude. Fellow police say his fluency of Spanish was crucial.
"He got the Spanish community to unite with us and that helps us solve crime and keep the crime rate down," said Henderlong.
Hermosillo's family lives in California, where he grew up. Peekskill police officers say they will set up a local memorial for their brother in blue.
"This is a loss to our family and it hurts," said Franco.