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One decade later friends remember Lt. John Finn
ALBANY -- Monday marks 10 years since the fateful night an Albany Police Lieutenant was shot in the line of duty.
"I had just come out of the movies at Crossgates, and I looked at my phone I had put it on silent and I looked at it I had a number of calls, almost two dozen phone calls and I knew something bad had happened but I obviously didn't expect this to happen," said James Miller, a former Colleague of Lt. John Finn.
10 years later, and for friends and colleagues of Lt. Finn, the day he lost his life in the line of duty seems like just yesterday. Sunday those who knew him remember him as someone ahead of his time, who left a lasting impact on the entire Albany Police Department.
"He was really ahead of his time for this area when we started getting into crime mapping and looking at statistics and drilling down the numbers," Miller says.
On the night of December 23rd 2003, Lt. Finn was attempting to stop an armed robbery, during a late night patrolling some of Albany's roughest neighborhoods. Shots were fired by 26 year old Keshon Everett, an ex-convict with a lengthy history with police. Finn later died on February 12th of 2004, after clinging on to life for nearly 50 days.
Lt. Finn was shot in the leg chest and lower back. his friends say he died doing what he loved and that he chose to be out on the streets.
"It wasn't anything about the power of the badge or anything it was more about being with the guys and he was in a profession that he truly loved," says Miller
Now a decade later, he's being remembered for the true hero he was.
"People gravitated towards him just because of his personality. Fun loving, very quick wit, self deprecating, very intelligent."