1940 - 1959

ROBERT A. MOORE - TROOP D - JULY 30, 1941

Trooper Robert A. Moore

Trooper Robert A. Moore, 27, lost his life on July 30, 1941 when his motorcycle collided head-on with an automobile.

Trooper Moore was passing a vehicle to stop a speeder when he struck an oncoming car. He died of his injuries at Syracuse University Hospital without regaining consciousness.

Trooper Moore joined the Division on July 21, 1936 at Troop "D", Oneida. He was stationed at the West Winfield, Pulaski and Fayetteville Stations during his career.


EARL R. WILKINSON - TROOP G - MAY 24, 1942

Trooper Earl R. Wilkinson

Trooper Earl R. Wilkinson, 28, died on May 24, 1942 while he was on active duty with the United States Army Air Corps when his bomber crashed in a swamp near Houlton, Maine. At the time of his death, Trooper Wilkinson was a Second Lieutenant in the Air Corps.


RICHARD L. HEDGES - TROOP C - JULY 11, 1942

Trooper Richard L. Hedges

Trooper Richard L. Hedges, 24, was killed in a traffic accident while following a speeding car on Route 17 west of the Hamlet of Chemung. The car passed a dump truck and as Trooper Hedges attempted to pass the same truck it suddenly turned left in front of his cycle. Trooper Hedges was struck and killed instantly.

Trooper Hedges joined the Division on July 1, 1936 and was assigned to the Waverly Station at the time of his death.


PETER J. FORMOSA - TROOP B - JANUARY 13, 1943

Trooper Peter J. Formosa

On January 13, 1943, Trooper Peter J. Formosa died as a result of a military auto accident at Hempstead, New York. At the time, Trooper Formosa was assigned to the U.S. Army, 826th Guard Squadron, Mitchell Field, Long Island, New York.

Trooper Formosa was a two-year veteran of the State Police, having joined on July 1, 1940.


MILTON C. RATNER - TROOP C - JULY 11, 1943

Trooper Milton C. Ratner

Trooper Milton C. Ratner, 27, was killed in action over Sicily during a bombing mission on July 11, 1943. At the time of his death, Trooper Ratner was a First Lieutenant with the United States Army Air Corps stationed in North Africa.

Trooper Ratner became a member of the Division on July 1, 1940 at SP Sidney and was granted a Military Leave of Absence February 1, 1942.


JAMES R. GOHERY - TROOP L - DECEMBER 29, 1943

Trooper James R. Gohery

Trooper James R. Gohery died while on duty on December 29, 1943, at the age of 29, in the Village of Freeport.

Trooper Gohery was assigned to relay evidence to the Wantagh Station and as he traveled through the Village of Freeport the evidence slipped from his grasp. In an attempt to recover the evidence he lost control of his motorcycle, brushed against a tree and fell, striking his head.

Trooper Gohery died a few months before his second anniversary with the State Police. He was stationed at the Bethpage and Wantagh Stations of Troop "L".


BRYANT P. STICKLES - TROOP C - SEPTEMBER 11, 1944

Investigator Stickles

On September 11, 1944, Investigator Bryant P. Stickles, 36, was killed in action on the Island of Saipan.

Investigator Bryant P. Stickles joined the Division at Troop "C", Sidney, on August 16, 1936. He was promoted to Investigator on April 1, 1941 and was granted a Military Leave of Absence January 22, 1943. At the time of his death, Marine Sergeant Stickles was assigned to coordinate the advances of two combat units and was attempting to reach one unit from the other when he was killed by an enemy sniper.


WILLIAM O. JOHNSON - TROOP B - APRIL 12, 1945

Trooper William 0. Johnson

Trooper William O. Johnson was killed in action while serving aboard the USS Rall in the South Pacific on April 12, 1945. He entered the United States Navy on December 3, 1943 and was a Gunner's Mate 2nd Class at the time of his death.

Trooper William O. Johnson joined the Division of State Police at Troop "B", Malone, on June 1, 1941.


CHARLES E. HOVER - TROOP G - JUNE 5, 1945

Trooper Charles E. Hover

Trooper Charles E. Hover died in a plane crash over northern Italy on June 5, 1945 and was buried with full military honors in Stuyvesant, NY.

Trooper Hover was appointed to the New York State Police on July 1, 1940 at Troop "G" and was inducted in the United States Army on March 31, 1941. During his military service, Trooper Hover was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and served in the United States Army Air Corps.


KENNETH B. KNAPP - TROOP C - JULY 17, 1945

Trooper Kenneth B. Knapp

On July 17, 1945, Trooper Kenneth B. Knapp, 36, was assigned to handle a domestic complaint in the Hamlet of Colchester. Upon his arrival, he was informed by the wife that she had been locked out of the house by her husband. Trooper Knapp, looked through a window and observed the husband inside the house lying face down on the floor next to a shotgun. Trooper Knapp entered the residence believing the subject had committed suicide. When Trooper Knapp entered the room the husband shot him in the head with a 16 gauge shotgun. Several hours later, while barricaded, the husband committed suicide.

Trooper Knapp joined Troop "C" on December 15, 1931 and was assigned to the Delhi Station at the time of his death.


ROBERT V. CONKLIN - TROOP C - JULY 4, 1948

Trooper Robert V. Conklin

Trooper Robert V. Conklin, 24 years of age, was killed on July 4, 1948 while assigned motorcycle patrol duty at SP Highland. Trooper Conklin was chasing a speeding car on Route 9w and was forced off the road by another vehicle. His motorcycle entered the center median and struck a concrete curb, throwing Trooper Conklin into the opposite lane.

Trooper Conklin was a two-year veteran of the Division and had served in several other stations of Troop "C" before his transfer to SP Highland.


HAROLD F. MYERS - TROOP G - DECEMBER 19, 1950

Corporal Harold F. Myers, 42, was killed instantly on December 19, 1950 while en route to investigate a hit and run accident.

Corporal Myers was a passenger in the Troop vehicle when it collided with another car near Amsterdam, New York.

Corporal Myers was the first Troop "G" member to be killed in the line of duty since Trooper Stanley C. Greene died on February 28, 1936. Ironically, Corporal Myers served in the Guard of Honor during Trooper Greene's funeral.


ARTHUR M. DIFFENDALE - TROOP C - JUNE 14, 1951

Corporal Arthur M. Diffendale

On June 14, 1951, Corporal Arthur M. Diffendale, 33, was shot and killed by a cattle rustler on the Winnie Hill Road near the City of Oneonta. Corporal Diffendale stopped a truck for vehicle and traffic violations. Witnesses said the driver exited the truck with a rifle and shot Corporal Diffendale as he approached. He died as a result of a chest wound while enroute to the hospital. Subsequent investigation revealed that the truck, license plates and cattle being transported were stolen. The assailant was captured, convicted, and sentenced to a term of life imprisonment. However, he was paroled and subsequently arrested by another Trooper for illegal possession of a handgun.

Corporal Diffendale enlisted in Troop "K" on July 1, 1940, and was granted a Military Leave of Absence during World War II. He returned to the State Police on November 16, 1945.


HARRY A. ADAMS - TROOP A - SEPTEMBER 1, 1951

Sergeant Harry A. Adams

Sergeant Harry A. Adams, 55, died on September 1, 1951, while directing traffic at the scene of an accident. Sergeant Adams, in charge of an accident investigation on Sawyer Road near Albion, was assisting with traffic control when a motorist passing through the accident scene struck and killed him.

Sergeant Adams had a lengthy career with the Division of State Police at Troop "A". He was the Albion Station Commander at the time of his death.


PATRICK F. O'HARA - TROOP C - FEBRUARY 22, 1952

 Trooper Patrick F. O'Hara

Trooper Patrick F. O'Hara, 24, was accidentally shot and killed on February 22, 1952 on Route 20 near the Hamlet of Bridgewater.

Trooper O'Hara responded to aid another Trooper who had been assaulted and shot at by three escapees from the Herkimer County Jail. Trooper O'Hara captured the three assailants and secured the prisoners in the Troop car. Trooper O'Hara entered the vehicle to drive and his partner entered the rear of the vehicle with his rifle. As the door was shut, it struck the rifle causing it to discharge. A round passed through the driver's seat and struck Trooper O'Hara, killing him instantly.

Trooper O'Hara joined the State Police on June 16, 1949 and was assigned to the Oneonta Station at the time of his death.


ARTHUR L. (LEO) LACROIX - TROOP B - JULY 4, 1954

Trooper Arthur L. Lacroix

Trooper Arthur L. Lacroix, 23, died on July 4, 1954 of injuries he sustained at the Edgewater International Speedway near Alexandria Bay. Trooper Lacroix, on patrol, stopped at the speedway to check on traffic conditions and observed a stock car overturned on the race course. As he went to the car to determine if the driver was injured, a wheel from another racer careened up an embankment and struck him in the chest and head. He was taken to E. J. Noble Hospital in Alexandria Bay and died in an ambulance while being transferred to a Watertown hospital for emergency surgery.

Trooper Lacroix joined the State Police in November, 1953, and had been assigned to SP Chazy until he was transferred to SP Alexandria Bay.


GERARD T. McHUGH - TROOP D - MAY 25, 1956

Trooper Gerard T. McHugh

On May 25, 1956, Trooper Gerard T. McHugh, 26, died from injuries he sustained in a one car accident on Route 5 near Utica.

It is believed that Trooper McHugh was chasing a speeder when he lost control of his vehicle on a curve. He died at Elizabeth's Hospital from his injuries without regaining consciousness.

Trooper McHugh, a two-year veteran of the State Police, was assigned to the New Hartford Zone Headquarters of Troop "D" at the time of his death.


RONALD J. DONAHUE - TROOP B - MAY 23, 1959

Trooper Ronald J. Donahue

Trooper Ronald J. Donahue, 23, was shot and killed on May 23, 1959 near the Hamlet of Bombay. Trooper Donahue was leaving the residence of a Town Justice with a prisoner when friends of the arrested subject interfered. One subject kicked the Trooper in the stomach and fled on foot. Trooper Donahue tackled him and was attempting to subdue the subject when he was shot with his own service revolver. The subject also shot Trooper Donahue's partner in the thigh. The other Trooper returned fire and struck the subject in the forehead.

Trooper Donahue joined the Division of State Police on June 19, 1958 and was assigned to the Massena Station at the time of his death.