Newburgh deputy police chief passes away

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Deputy Newburgh Town Police Chief Robert DeSaye

TOWN OF NEWBURGH – Deputy Town of Newburgh Police Chief Robert DeSaye passed away in Poughkeepsie on Tuesday, August 23 following a battle with cancer.

Condolences for the 52-year-old veteran police officer poured in from across the region.

The Town of Newburgh PBA posted on Facebook, “Another tremendous loss for our department. Rest In Peace Deputy Chief Robert DeSaye. Words cannot do justice for how much you will be missed. A true leader and friend to all.”

“Fantastic guy, who will be missed by the Orange County law enforcement community,” said District Attorney David Hoovler. “Condolences from all of us at the DA’s office to his family and co-workers.”

Desaye was “a dedicated police officer who served his community for more than 20 years, and he taught thousands of police officers as a well-disciplined instructor,” according to a Facebook post by the Middletown City Police Department.