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50 years ago

aug. 14, 1969

SIDNEY — The “nerve center” at Troop C state Police Sidney, is the Communications Department. For some 37 of his 41 plus years with the Troop T-Sgt. Charles Carpenter has been part of the increasingly complicated set-up.

On August 13 the slightly built, gray haired crew cut Trooper officially retired leaving his command in the Communications Center to another in the long line of dedicated men who proudly wear the uniform of the State Police.

Over the years Carpenter’s quiet, disciplined voice has reassured troopers on lonely night patrol, relayed vital information to other stations and kept headquarters in close touch with emergency situations.

Seated under the awning of his trailer home between Sidney and Unadilla the Sgt. and his wife leafed through a scrapbook containing many yellowed clippings that covered the early days of the Sidney Barracks as well as State Police work in general.

Perhaps one of the most exciting personal chapters in the Trooper’s scrapbook had to do with the five days and five nights he stood communications watch on a lonely farmhouse while police while police searched the nearby woods for the killer of a fellow trooper.

Carpenter can also recall being sent to Auburn Prison during the riots of 1929 and 1930 and helping escort two infamous kidnappers, Oley and Crowley, to prison.

One of the most tense situations he found himself in was attempting to let a trooper know that the man he held in custody was not guilty of just petit larceny but in truth was being charged with murder.