Final goodbye said to state trooper tragically killed in crash

December 03, 2018 12:59 PM

SCHENECTADY - It was a somber day in the Capital Region on Monday. Over 1,000 officers from across New York and six other states joined Governor Cuomo and his executive staff at St. Gabriel's Church to honor Trooper Jeremy VanNostrand.

VanNostrand, 36, was killed in an accident while on his way to work on Tuesday. VanNostrand was just about to pull into the state police barracks when he was rear-ended by a box truck on Route 5S in Fonda. VanNostrand's vehicle went into oncoming traffic and he was fatally struck by a pickup truck.

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New York State Police Superintendent George Beach II said this is been a particularly hard year as VanNostrand is the fourth trooper they've lost. They lost two others to 9/11 related illnesses and another trooper was shot and killed in the line of duty.

There was some question as to whether or not Trooper VanNostrand's death would be considered in line of duty as he was making his way into work when the accident happened.

Beach said it is considered a line of duty death, that's why an Inspector's funeral was held for him at St. Gabriel's Church in Schenectady.

Trooper VanNostrand was also posthumously promoted to sergeant. Superintendent George Beach says VanNostrand had recently applied for the promotion and it was "a way to honor him and his commitment to public service."


Emily Burkhard

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