Fallen troopers remembered at annual memorial service

May 18, 2017 01:18 PM

ALBANY - Fallen New York State Troopers are being remembered in Albany.

The annual State Police Memorial Service was held on Thursday.

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Four troopers were recognized in a wreath-laying ceremony, including Trooper Timothy Pratt, who was struck and killed by a vehicle last fall while helping a truck driver in front of the trooper barracks in Wilton.

In its 100-year history, the New York State Police has honored 138 members who died in the line of duty.

"The state police while it is a large organization, is not so big that most of us didn’t know many of these people personally. In some cases, partners, co-workers and also people in some cases who lived in the same communities," explained New York State Police Superintendent George Beach.

In recent years, “In the line of duty” is a phrase that has come to mean something very different. We’ll explain on and our evening newscasts starting Live at 5.


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