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Hero Down: Geneva Police Department Officer Timothy Peters Succumbs To Cancer

Canandaigua, NY – Geneva Police Department (GPD) Officer Timothy “Tim” Peters died on July 4 after a “brief, but courageous” battle against cancer, according to his family.

The 52-year-old officer passed away at F.F. Thompson Hospital, according to his obituary.

Officer Peters graduated from the Finger Lakes Law Enforcement Academy in 2001 and was then hired as a sworn officer by the Village of Newark Police Department (NPD).

He later joined the GPD, where he served for 18 years, the Aeneas McDonald Police Benevolent Association (BPD) said in a Facebook post on July 5.

Officer Peters worked as a field training officer, court liaison officer, commercial vehicle enforcement officer, and evidence technician during his decades of service.

He was also treasurer of the PBA and the local police union.

“Officer Tim Peters was a gentleman and true asset to the law enforcement profession,” Ontario County Sheriff’s Lieutenant David Cirencione said in a Facebook post. “He treated all with respect and worked tirelessly to ensure the best possible results in all cases he was a part of.”

Officer Peters’ law enforcement family extended far beyond his own department.

“Officer Peters cared deeply about his brothers and sisters in blue regardless of what uniform they wear,” Lt. Cirencione said. “He was the first to wish us all well on holidays, special occasions or check in after a difficult investigation.”

“Our sincere condolences to Tim’s Family at home and his Blue Family at the Geneva Police Department,” the lieutenant wrote. “His loss leaves a tremendous void that will never be filled. Rest In Peace Friend.”

Officer Peters leaves behind his children, Ashley and Joseph, as well as his two grandchildren, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by his companion, L.C. Collins, and her two children, as well as his parents and his brother.

Officer Peters was laid to rest on July 11.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Geneva Police Department Officer Timothy “Tim” Peters, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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