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Funeral preparations underway for veteran NY state trooper

October 27, 2016 02:00 PM

"Timmy Pratt was an outstanding professional trooper," said NY State Police Sgt. Steven Hopsicker.

Hopsicker was one of dozens of officers paying their respects to Trooper Timothy Pratt Wednesday evening.

He said he knew the 30-year veteran of the State Police better than most after more than 2 decades on the job together.

Hopsicker said he’ll miss Pratt’s sense of humor. 

"We'd be at an incident and there's be some traumatic situation for the family members and he would have everybody laughing in stitches and keep the situation calm,” Hopsicker said.

Law enforcement from across area arrived to M.B. Funeral Home in South Glens Falls after driving in procession as Pratt's body was transported up the Northway.

Police and emergency responders lined overpasses along way.

"He was just being who Trooper Pratt is,” said Troop G Commander William Keeler. “You know he epitomizes community policing," he said.

Pratt died this morning after being hit by an SUV in Wilton just after the start of his shift.

State police said the 55-year-old was helping a lost tractor trailer driver, which was pulled over in the median turn around on Ballard Road near the trooper barracks, around 6:15am.

Major Keeler said Pratt was talking to the driver and stepped back into the SUV's path.

"This is a 55-mile an hour zone,” Keeler said. “There does not appear to be any criminality involved. This was a tragic accident," he said.

Keeler, who graduated with Pratt from the academy in 1987, said the SUV's driver is unlikely to be charged. 

Pratt's body was rushed to Saratoga Hospital and later airlifted to Albany Med, where he died around 9:30am.

Hopsicker said Pratt, who was also an Air Force vet, died helping people: something he loved.

"Every winter storm he was out there dodging traffic,” Hopsicker said. “Unfortunately it was his dangerous job that eventually brought us here today," he said.

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The driver of car that hit and killed Trooper Pratt is identified as Joel Duguay, 59, of Corinth. No tickets have been issued.

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