DEC officer dies while running

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ALBANY – State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the death of Environmental Conservation Police Officer Corey Hornicek, 32, a Region 3 officer died on Wednesday, October 2, while running near his home. The cause of death at this time is unknown.

“Our hearts go out to ECO Hornicek and his family at this time,” Seggos said. “ECO Hornicek represented the best of what our officers stand for. His selflessness and service in protecting the public and environment will live on and be a guiding force for future generations of Conservation Officers.”

Hornicek, who graduated in August 2017 from the 21st Basic School for Uniformed Officers and was named class president, was a native of Hortonville and also served as a volunteer firefighter.

Hornicek and Trooper Ken Schafer with the Illegal 6-point buck (undated NYDEC photo)

In his two years on the job, ECO Hornicek became known as a prolific law enforcement officer, working on a number of illegal solid waste dumping cases, rescuing dozens of animals in the Hudson Valley, and investigating a host of illegal hunting and fishing cases, Seggos said. Hornicek was an avid hunter and angler with a deep respect for wildlife conservation.

Through his service and sacrifice, Hornicek dedicated his life to helping others. “He epitomized selflessness and public service,” Seggos said.

The commissioner ordered all flags at DEC to be lowered to half-staff in recognition of his tragic passing.