New York State Police • Line of Duty Death: August 10, 2019

On August 10th, 2019, New York State Police Sergeant/Station Commander Jeffrey Michael Cicora passed away after a hard fought battle with 9/11 related illness. 

Cicora was born and raised in Auburn, New York alongside his three younger siblings. He graduated from Auburn High School with the class of 1983 and went on to receive his Associate of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice from Cayuga Community College. He further continued his studies at Oswego State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Justice.

Cicora began his extensive career with the New York State Police on October 12th, 1992. He was sworn in as a New York State Trooper and worked for the majority of his career in Onondaga County. He also served at Ground Zero in the following months after the attack on the World Trade Center along with spending a significant time at John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia Airports where he and his K9 partner, Devitt, would search planes, luggage, motorcades, and airplane terminals for deadly explosives.

Later in his career, Cicora and another K9 partner of his, McGinn, earned a Superintendent’s Commendation Award for their spectacular work in the arrest of a known violent criminal. Because of his outstanding work in this case and many others, Cicora was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and Commander of the department’s Troop D barracks.

Post retirement Cicora enjoyed boating, fishing, and playing the guitar. He spent lots of time with his son, Jack, nieces, Abby, Chloe, and Sara, and his “River Family” at his family’s summer home. He also loved relaxing in the company of his two Basset Hounds, Moosey and Sophie.

New York State Police Sergeant/Station Commander Jeffrey Michael Cicora is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Valerie, and their son, Jack.