Jeffrey M. Cicora, 54, of Baldwinsville, passed away after a lengthy and courageous battle with a 9/11 illness stemming from his assignment at the World Trade Center site following the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. Jeff was born in Auburn, NY, the eldest of four children of Michael A. Cicora Jr. and the late Sherry E. Cicora. Jeff graduated from Auburn High School in the class of 1983. Jeff attended Cayuga Community College where he attained his A.A.S. in Criminal Justice and later transferred to Oswego State University, where he attained his B.S. in Public Justice.
On 10/12/1992, Jeff’s dream became reality as he was sworn in as a New York State Trooper. Jeff worked the majority of his career in Onondaga County at SP Baldwinsville. Throughout that time, he worked at Ground Zero as well as was deployed to John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports after the attacks. Jeff and his K9 partner, Devitt, searched planes, luggage, motorcades and airplane terminals for explosives for nearly six months.
In 2014, he received a Superintendent’s Commendation Award for his and his K9 partner, McGinn’s, work in the arrest of David Renz, which was later aired on ABC’s “20/20”. Jeff continued his career to become Sergeant and Commander of the department’s Troop D barracks in Lysander.
Jeff is survived by his wife of 21 years, Valerie Cicora; son, Jack Cicora of Baldwinsville; sister-in-laws, Audrey (Rudy) Burian of Brewerton and Kelly (Gary) Way of Minoa; siblings, Lynn (Ed) Cuff of Auburn, Mark (Judy) Cicora of Auburn, Michelle (Rod) Ames of Auburn; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
Jeff loved boating and fishing and spending time with Jack, his nieces, Abby, Chloe and Sara, as well as his “River Family” at his summer home in Clayton, NY. He also enjoyed playing guitar and entertaining all of those that were willing to listen. His quiet time included the love and adoration of his two Bassett Hounds, Moosey and Sophie.
Family and friends may call from 3:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, August 15th at Immaculate Conception Church, 400 Salt Springs St., Fayetteville. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Friday, August 16th at Immaculate Conception Church. Private burial will be in Our Lady of Peace Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY 13601.