A State Trooper was killed Nov. 27 when his car was rear-ended as he was pulling into his barracks by a box truck and the impact pushed him into the path of a pickup truck just outside Fultonville, about 45 miles from Albany.
Jeremy VanNostrand, 36, who was completing his sixth year as a Trooper, was rushed to Albany Medical Center Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Fourth Death This Year
State Police Superintendent George Beach told reporters upstate, “This has been a particularly bad year” for Troopers, four of whom have died in the line of duty. One was fatally shot by a suicidal man in early July, with two others dying in January and June, respectively, as a result of illnesses they contracted amid the toxic stew of chemicals released after two planes crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center 17 years ago.
New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association President Thomas H. Mungeer noted that Trooper VanNostrand was the 23rd member of the State Police to die in the line of duty over the past decade. He is survived by his wife and 6-year-old daughter.
Mr. Mungeer, noting that the union would assist with arrangements for the funeral, said in a statement that Mr. VanNostrand “made the ultimate sacrifice and he will never be forgotten.”
More than two inches of snow had fallen in the area at the time of the crash, creating a slick road surface because no plowing had begun, according to the Albany Times Union. The driver of the Ryder box truck that rear-ended Trooper VanNostrand’s Nissan Altima as he prepared to make the turn into the Troop G barracks driveway was cooperating with investigators. He was not injured, while the man driving the pick-up truck that subsequently struck Trooper VanNostrand’s vehicle after it was pushed into oncoming traffic was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening.
Also Worked as CO
Prior to being appointed a Trooper in December 2012, Mr. VanNostrand spent eight years as a state Corrections Officer. Governor Cuomo, who ordered that flags throughout the state be flown at half-staff in his memory, said in a statement, “His legacy of service, as a State Corrections Officer and then as a member of the New York State Police, was an inspiration to us all, and his example will live on for generations to come."
Major Robert Patnaude, the commanding officer of Troop G, described Trooper VanNostrand as an “aggressive, hard-working kid” while noting that he had a master’s degree in history.
“He is going to be sorely missed by us.”
Funeral services were held Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. in St. Gabriel the Archangel Roman Catholic Church, 3040 Hamburg St. in Schenectady.
Mr. Mungeer said that the union’s charity was accepting donations on behalf of the Trooper’s family. Checks can be made payable to the NYS Troopers Signal 30 Benefit Fund and mailed to: NYS Troopers PBA Signal 30 Benefits Fund, 120 State St., Albany, N.Y. 12207. To donate specifically to the family, the union advised that his name be included in the memo line of the check.
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