Trooper Poorman

Tpr. Kenneth A. Poormon, 23, was killed May 31, 2000, in a traffic accident. Tpr. Poormon and his partner, Tpr. Truscott M. Kelly, were chasing a violator when their troop car was struck by a tractor trailer.

At the time of his death, Tpr. Poormon was assigned to SP Kingston. He was a one-year veteran of the State Police.


Trooper T Kelly

Tpr. Truscott M. Kelly, 49, was killed May 31, 2000, in a traffic accident. Tpr. Kelly and his partner, Tpr. Kenneth A. Poormon, were chasing a violator when their troop car was struck by a tractor trailer.

At the time of his death, Tpr. Kelly was assigned to SP Kingston. He was a 22-year veteran of the State Police.


Trooper Gleason

Tpr. Lawrence P. Gleason was killed, Feb. 11, 2002, while responding to a complaint by a 36-year-old Crown Point (Essex County) woman, who had called SP Westport to report her former boyfriend had menaced her with a knife at her home, then had left the scene.

Investigation determined that Tpr. Gleason had been taking a deposition from the woman in the living room of her home when the ex-boyfriend drove into the driveway, took a .30-30 rifle from his trunk and fired three shots into the building. One struck Tpr. Gleason in the back, penetrating his body armor and mortally wounding him. The shooter then entered the house, shot and killed the woman, and turned the rifle on himself.

Tpr. Gleason, 28, had entered Division service as a member of the 184th Academy Basic School session, graduating May 15, 2001.


Trooper Ambrose

Trooper Robert W. Ambrose, 31, was killed on December 19, 2002, when his Troop Car was struck from behind by a vehicle on the New York State Thruway in the City of Yonkers.

Trooper Ambrose was investigating a property damage automobile accident when a speeding vehicle, being operated by a 20-year old intoxicated driver, lost control and struck the rear of his Troop Car. This caused the Troop Car to catch fire and resulted in Trooper Ambrose's death. Also killed in the accident was the 20-year old intoxicated driver and a person from the original accident Trooper Ambrose had been investigating.

Trooper Ambrose was a five-year veteran of the State Police and had served in Troops K, F and T. He was assigned to SP Tarrytown at the time of his death.


Sgt. Edelson

Sgt. Jeffry T. Edelson, 34, was killed on November 23, 2003 on State Route 55 in the town of Liberty, Sullivan County when his vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree while he was attempting to enforce the Vehicle and Traffic Law pursuing a speeding vehicle.

Sergeant Edelson was a member of the 178th Academy Basic School Session, graduating on April 27, 1998. After the academy, except for a temporary assignment in Troop L, he spent the remainder of his 6 year career in Troop F. His final duty station was SP Liberty.


Sr. Inv. O'Neill

Senior Investigator Thomas M. O'Neill died at the age of 56 on July 6, 2005. Senior Investigator O'Neill suffered a fatal heart attack while arresting an individual at a local gas station in the Town of Islip.

Senior Investigator O'Neill began his law enforcement career with the Long Island State Parkway Police on January 13, 1972. On January 1, 1980, he joined the State Police as part of the Parkway Police merger and was assigned the rank of Technical Sergeant. In November 1984, he was appointed to Investigator and then to Senior Investigator in January of 1990.

Senior Investigator O'Neill was assigned to SP Brentwood at the time of his death.


Trooper Sperr

Tpr. Andrew J. Sperr, 33, was killed March 1, 2006, after he came upon two subjects later determined to be involved in a bank robbery in the town of Big Flats in Chemung County.

Investigation determined that Tpr. Sperr was fired upon as he approached the subjects' vehicle. Tpr. Sperr returned gunfire, striking both subjects before they left the area in a second vehicle, which they had previously staged there for their getaway. Tpr. Sperr was shot multiple times and was on the ground when the fatal round struck him under his belt and vest.

At the time of his death, Tpr. Sperr, a ten-year veteran of the State Police was assigned to SP Horseheads in Troop E.


Trooper Craig J. Todeschini

Trooper Craig J. Todeschini, 25, was killed on April 23, 2006, in a traffic accident.

Trooper Todeschini was pursuing a violator on State Route 91, in the Town of Pompey, when he lost control of his troop car and struck a tree.

As a result of this incident, "The Craig J. Todeschini Unlawfully Fleeing a Police Officer Act" was signed into law by Governor George Pataki in 2006.

Trooper Todeschini was a three year veteran of the State Police and was assigned to SP Lafayette at the time of his death.


Trooper McKenna

Trooper John J. McKenna IV, died at the age of 30 on August 16, 2006, while serving as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps as Platoon Commander of Company B, 1st Battalion, 25th Marines when he was killed by enemy sniper fire outside the Iraqi city of Fallujah.

Trooper McKenna entered State Police service on February 14, 2005 and was assigned to Troop F, SP Kingston, at the time of his recall to military duty. He had served 18-months with the Division of State Police and previously served on active duty in Afghanistan and Iraq with the Marine Corps from June 1998 to August 2003.

JOSEPH A. LONGOBARDO - TROOP G - September 3, 2006

Trooper Longobardo

Trooper Joseph A. Longobardo died at the age of 32 on September 3, 2006 as a result of a gunshot wound.

On August 31, 2006, in their capacities as members of the Mobile Response Team, Troopers Joseph A. Longobardo and Donald H. Baker Jr. were conducting surveillance in the Town of Pomfret, Chautauqua County in connection with an escaped convict who was also wanted for the attempted murder of Trooper Sean Brown in June 2006. Both Longobardo and Baker were shot from behind with a high powered rifle. Baker sustained a shot through his lower back and Longobardo through his left thigh, causing severe bleeding . Trooper Longobardo died 3 days later.

Trooper Longobardo was an 8-year veteran of the State Police and had served in Troops F and G, last assigned to SP Wilton.

JOSE A. ROSADO- TROOP L - January 24, 2007

Trooper Rosado

Trooper Jose A. Rosado was killed in a two car accident on January 24, 2007, in the Town of Southampton, Suffolk County. While on patrol, Trooper Rosado drove across a black-ice condition causing him to lose control of his troop car and slide sideways into the path of an oncoming vehicle. He was instantly killed as a result of the collision.

Trooper Rosado was 45 years old. He entered the New York State Police on September 19, 1988 and was assigned to Troop L, SP Riverside.


Trooper Brinkerhoff

Trooper David C. Brinkerhoff, 29, died as a result of a gunshot wound on April 25, 2007

In the Town of Arkville, Delaware County, the Mobile Response Team was searching a house in response to a residential burglar alarm in the area a suspect wanted in the shooting of Trooper Matthew J. Gombosi a day earlier was last seen. There was an exchange of gunfire, with rounds striking Trooper Richard G. Mattson and fatally wounding Trooper David C. Brinkerhoff.

Trooper Brinkerhoff joined the New York State Police on November 2, 1998. After attending the Academy, he briefly served in Troop A and was assigned to Troop F, SP Coxsackie at the time of his death.

SHAWN W. SNOW - TROOP B - August 3, 2008

Trooper Shawn W. Snow

Trooper Shawn W. Snow was tragically killed when struck by an electrical current on August 3, 2008, in the city of Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence County. While repairing a flat tire on an antique fire truck, the ladder of the fire truck was raised to redistribute the weight, making contact with a high voltage power line causing the death of Trooper Snow and the fire truck driver.

Trooper Snow was 47 years old. He entered the New York State Police on October 2, 1989 and was assigned to Troop B, SP Ray Brook - Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit.

DAVID J. LANE - TROOP F - November 4, 2009

Trooper David J. Lane

Trooper David J. Lane was tragically killed on November 4, 2009 on State Route 32, in the Town of Catskill, Greene County, while enforcing the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law. Trooper Lane attempted to catch up to the suspected speeder, made contact with another vehicle while attempting to pass it, lost control of his vehicle and left the roadway, striking a utility pole.

Trooper Lane entered the New York State Police on September 26, 2005 and was assigned to Troop F, SP Catskill. He was 30 years old.

JILL E. MATTICE - TROOP C - January 20, 2010

Trooper Jill E. Mattice

Trooper Jill E. Mattice, 31, was tragically killed on January 20, 2010 on State Route 23 in the Town of Morris, Otsego County, as a result of a motor vehicle collision when her vehicle sideswiped an oncoming tractor trailer.

Trooper Mattice, who joined the New York State Police on April 7, 2003, was assigned at SP Oneonta as a School Resource Officer for the Unadilla Valley Central and Franklin School Districts.

She is the first female New York State Trooper killed in the line of duty since the agency's inception in 1917.

KEVIN P. DOBSON - TROOP A - March 26, 2011

Trooper Kevin P. Dobson

Trooper Kevin P. Dobson, 43, was killed on March 26, 2011 on Interstate 290 in the Town of Tonawanda, Erie County. While outside his patrol vehicle conducting a vehicle and traffic stop, Trooper Dobson was struck and killed by a passing motorist.

Trooper Dobson joined the New York State Police on April 30, 1997 and was assigned to the Interstate Patrol at SP Clarence.

AMANDA S. ANNA - TROOP D - May 25, 2012

Trooper Amanda S. Anna

Trooper Amanda S. Anna, 31, was killed on May 25, 2012 as a result of a single troop-car motor vehicle accident.

While on patrol, Trooper Anna lost control of her patrol vehicle while rounding a curve on County Route 37 in the town of Hastings, Oswego County. Her vehicle struck a guide rail, became airborne over a small inlet of water, crashing to the ground, and overturned several times.

Trooper Anna joined the New York State Police on May 8, 2006 and was assigned to SP Hastings.


Trooper Winston I. Martindale

Trooper Winston I. Martindale, 40, died on July 24, 2013 as a result of injuries he received at the scene of a plane crash in Wawayanda, New York on May 9, 2011.

Trooper Martindale was one of the first responding units at the scene of a crash involving two small airplanes. While attempting to free the two pilots from the wreckage Trooper Martindale fell onto a piece of equipment and sustained internal injuries. Despite his injuries, he continued in his efforts to free the pilots. Several hours later it was determined that Trooper Martindale had been severely injured. Over the following two years he underwent several surgeries. Trooper Martindale succumbed as a result of his injuries on July 24, 2013.

Trooper Martindale was a U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom. At the time of his death Trooper Martindale, a seven year veteran, was assigned to SP New Hampton.

WILLIAM P. KEANE - TROOP A - August 23, 2013

Trooper William P. Keane

Trooper William P. Keane, died at the age of 56 on August 23, 2013. Trooper Keane, a member of the Troop "A" Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit, suffered a fatal heart attack while participating in the North American Inspectors' Challenge in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Trooper Keane entered the Division on March 30, 1987, and was a 26 year veteran. He served in Troop "A" for his entire career.