Trooper James A. Skiff died at the age of 39 of injuries sustained from an accident which occurred in the City of Ogdensburg on May 25, 1920. Trooper Skiff was a sidecar passenger on a motorcycle that collided with a trolley car.
Trooper Skiff joined the Division of State Police serving as a First Sergeant at Camp Newayo and in Troop "A". He served Troop "K" as a Lieutenant and later transferred to Troop "B".
Trooper Skiff lived in New Rochelle. Prior to joining the State Police, he was an officer in the National Guard.
Trooper William H. Curley died on October 2, 1922 at the age of 35 from injuries resulting from a motor vehicle accident.
On September 26, 1922, Trooper Curley was operating his motorcycle on the Hoosick Falls-Bennington Road enroute to the Troop barracks when he collided with an oncoming car that had exhibited erratic driving behavior. As a result of the accident, Trooper Curley's leg was amputated, after which his condition gradually deteriorated and he died on October 2, 1922.
Trooper Curley served originally in Troop "K" from May 1, 1918 to March 1, 1919. He then reenlisted on June 16, 1922 in Troy where he served until his death.
Corporal Harold C. Mattice was killed on April 28, 1923 at the age of 33 while attempting to arrest a subject for arson.
After investigating a barn fire which occurred in Morris, Corporal Mattice and his partner went to a residence and began to search for the suspect. The subject, out on bail for rape, was armed with a shotgun and a rifle when he shot and killed Corporal Mattice in the attic of the house.
Corporal Mattice joined the Division of State Police at Sidney in December of 1917, later resigned, and subsequently reenlisted as a blacksmith on November 1, 1922.
Trooper Roy A. Donivan was shot and killed on the Saratoga-Albany Road during the evening of October 8, 1923.
Trooper Donivan had been assigned as a decoy to catch "highwaymen" who were responsible for numerous robberies on this rural road. Trooper Donivan was halted by a trio of bandits and shot when he and a fellow Trooper resisted the robbery attempt. Trooper Donivan was able to return fire and struck one of his assailants. The trio were later captured at Loudonville when they attempted to run a roadblock. The bullet from Trooper Donivan's weapon was recovered from the body of one of the assailants and served as evidence to indict the threesome for homicide.
The Saratoga-Albany Road (present day Route 9), was a major avenue of commerce for bootleggers during the Prohibition era and rival gangs often stole from and murdered one another along this highway.
Trooper Theodore Dobbs died on September 29, 1924 at the age of 24 from complications brought about by injuries sustained in a earlier motorcycle accident in Mineola, Long Island.
Trooper Dobbs was on routine patrol when he was struck by a truck that had passed a stop sign and entered the Jericho Turnpike in front of him. Trooper Dobbs lost his leg to surgical amputation and later succumbed to infection and pneumonia.
Trooper Dobbs was assigned to the Long Island Parkway Detail and was the first member of Troop "K" to lose his life in the performance of his duty.
Trooper Alexander E. Boehm died on November 13, 1924 at the age of 32 at the Central Hotel, after being stricken with chest pains while riding through the Village of Corinth.
Two weeks prior to his death, Trooper Boehm had been assigned to break saddle horses for Troop "G", when he was kicked in the chest and briefly hospitalized. This injury and the long, arduous ride from Troy to Corinth are believed to have been contributing factors in his death.
On July 7, 1925, Trooper James B. Losco lost his life in a motorcycle accident while returning to his barracks. At the time of the accident, Trooper Losco was passing an oil truck on Clinton Street in Gardenville, when a tire on his motorcycle blew out. Trooper Losco was unable to regain control of his cycle and it crashed into a bus approaching from the opposite direction.
Trooper James B. Losco, 23, was the first Trooper in Troop "A" to lose his life in the line of duty.
Trooper Losco was born and raised in New York City and served in the U.S. Army in France during World War I. He joined the State Police on March 16, 1924. Trooper Losco was renowned as a great pistol marksman and had won a number of national medals and awards.
Trooper Phillip E. Gonterman, 24, was killed instantly on the evening of September 25, 1925 when his motorcycle struck a tree at the intersection of Jefferson and Hubble Streets in the Village of Pulaski. Trooper Gonterman was attempting to overtake a stolen vehicle when a second car pulled from a side street into his path. He swerved his motorcycle to avoid the car, lost control and crashed.
Trooper Gonterman was a two-year veteran assigned to the Pulaski Station.
Trooper Ernest F. Rudd, 30, and his partner died instantly on October 5, 1925, when the vehicle in which they were riding collided with a train near Geneva. The open touring car derailed the "Black Diamond Express", a high speed passenger train, however, all of the three hundred passengers were uninjured.
Trooper Rudd was born and raised in Rome, New York and joined the Division of State Police after serving with the Marines in Europe during World War I.
On October 5, 1925, Trooper Thomas J. Scanlon, 25, and his partner were killed when their vehicle struck a train near Geneva.
The Troopers had delivered a prisoner to the county jail and were returning to patrol duties when their Troop car struck the "Black Diamond Express" train at 5:30 p.m.
Trooper Scanlon, a resident of Hamilton, New York, joined the Division of State Police in June 5, 1924 after serving with the Marines in Europe during World War I.
Trooper Andrew J. Lawrence died in a traffic accident on September 12, 1926.
Trooper Lawrence sustained a serious leg injury when the motorcycle he was operating was forced from the road near the City of Hudson. His leg was pinned beneath his machine and was so badly crushed that it was amputated at the Hudson City Hospital. He died five days after the accident from complications caused by gangrene infection.
Trooper Lawrence, who served in World War I, joined the State Police in the Fall of 1922 and was assigned to SP Troy at the time of his death.
Trooper Charles M. McGinn died on June 20, 1927 at the age of 25 after his motorcycle collided with a car in the Village of Remsen, north of Utica. At the time of the accident, Trooper McGinn was chasing a speeding vehicle, reported to have been terrorizing the streets of Remsen, when his cycle collided with a vehicle that backed into his path from a private driveway.
Trooper McGinn joined the State Police at Troop "D", Oneida, and served the residents of northern Oneida County for the two years preceding his death.
Sergeant Harry J. Wheeler, a former resident of Schenectady, died at the age of 31 in a motorcycle accident on July 15, 1927 on Route 5 near Sherrill, New York.
Trooper Wheeler was returning to Troop "D" Headquarters after directing traffic at Oneida Community Limited. He was proceeding west on Route 5 and was crowded to the right by an unknown vehicle. His cycle struck the stone abutment of the Duross Underpass.
Sergeant Wheeler joined the Division at Troop "A", Batavia, in 1919. He resigned after completion of a two-year enlistment and re-enlisted at Troop "D", Oneida, on March 5, 1921. He was in charge of the motor pool operations and had been promoted to Sergeant shortly before his death.
Lieutenant Walter Croasdale, 33, died on August 22, 1927 after his car collided with a road roller on the Tulley-Lafayette Highway south of Syracuse on August 11, 1927. At the time, the highway was under construction and the unlit road roller was parked in the center of the roadway.
Lieutenant Croasdale suffered a broken thigh and knee in the accident, but died unexpectedly from an undiagnosed internal injury.
Lieutenant Croasdale enlisted on July 2, 1917 at Manlius, a few weeks after the State Police was founded. He served in Troop "A" at Batavia in his first assignment, and was promoted to Sergeant on September 1, 1917. In 1921 he was promoted to Lieutenant, serving in both Troops "B" and "K", and had been a member of the famous Troop "D" Rough Riders".
Trooper Robert J. Roy, 28, was shot and killed on September 8, 1927 by a subject he and Trooper Arnold Rasmussen had arrested for petit larceny. Trooper Roy and his partner were outside a residence waiting for the subject to get his coat, when suddenly a shot was fired from inside the residence, killing Trooper
Rasmussen. Trooper Roy drew his weapon and entered the residence, but as he climbed a staircase he was shot by the assailant.
Prior to entering the State Police in 1926, Trooper Roy had been a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and was an accomplished author writing under the name "Rob Roy".
Trooper Roy served in Troop "K", White Plains, prior to his Troop "A" assignment.
On September 8, 1927, Trooper Arnold T. Rasmussen, 23, was shot and killed by a subject he and his partner had arrested for petit larceny. Trooper Rasmussen left the subject's residence to hand crank and start the patrol car. The defendant had been permitted to obtain a jacket from his residence. Trooper Rasmussen was shot by the subject from a bedroom window as he stood by the patrol car.
Trooper Rasmussen joined the State Police on July 16, 1927 at Troop "A", Batavia. He was assigned to the Rushford Post pending his recruit training in Troy.
Trooper Simpson died on December 1, 1927 at the age of 31 as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.
At the time of the accident, Trooper Simpson was operating his Troop car along South Main Street in the Village of Bainbridge. As he passed through the intersection of South Main and West Main, he was struck by another vehicle causing his vehicle to overturn. The vehicle which struck him had no brakes which was the cause of the accident.
Trooper Simpson joined the Division March 1, 1927 at Troop "C", Sidney, and was stationed at Bainbridge at the time of his death.
Trooper John J. Lane died instantly from head and neck injuries on May 13, 1928 at the Bethpage Barracks.
Trooper Lane was interviewing an area patrolman at the station concerning vandalism to construction equipment on the Wantagh Parkway. The Bethpage Station was then located on the second floor of a store front office and when Trooper Lane leaned against the banister, he lost his balance and fell to the ground.
Trooper Lane was a six year veteran and had served in the Scarsdale and White Plains Stations of Troop "K" prior to his Bethpage assignment.
On August 6, 1928, Corporal Edward F. Dolphin, 27, sustained fatal injuries in a motorcycle accident while returning to Troop "K" Headquarters from patrol on July 27, 1928. The motorcycle overturned when it struck a rut in the road near Kenisco Dam. Trooper Dolphin died ten days later in the White Plains Hospital as the result of a fractured skull.
Corporal Dolphin had been a member of Troop "K" since 1924 and rose to the rank of Corporal in 1927.
Corporal Dolphin had been Regimental Heavyweight Boxing Champion when he was assigned to a Coastal Defense Artillery Unit of the U.S. Army.
Trooper Carl T. Wilder was shot by an unknown assailant and left lying next to his motorcycle on the Tuxedo-Greenwood Lake Highway on September 7, 1928. Trooper Wilder was unable to reply to inquiries regarding his assailant before he died. The necktie he was clutching in his hand when he was found, apparently torn from the neck of his assailant, provided no clue to the murderer. It was theorized that Trooper Wilder may have been killed by bootleggers operating in the area.
Trooper John J. Cahill, 26, was killed instantly when his motorcycle sideswiped a car on the Albany-Schenectady Road (present day Central Avenue, Route 5). Trooper Cahill was in pursuit-of a speeder when he lost control of his motorcycle and struck the car. He was thrown from his motorcycle and died of a fractured skull.
Trooper Cahill, a native of New York City and a three-year SP veteran, was assigned to Troop "G" at the Troy Barracks.
Trooper John L. Furlong died instantly at the age of 29 in a motor vehicle accident on April 30, 1930. Trooper Furlong was enroute to the Troy barracks on the Mechanicville-Saratoga Road, east of Maltaville, at the time of the accident. His assignment that day was to check for wire thieves operating near the old Hudson Valley Railroad. It was determined that his car's headlights went out, which resulted in the vehicle running off the road and striking a telephone pole.
Trooper Furlong joined the Division December 1, 1928. He served Troop "G" until his death and was last stationed at Chestertown.
Trooper Edward J. Sweeney was killed on May 17, 1930 when his motorcycle collided with a truck on Sunrise Highway near Babylon. At the time of the accident, he was enroute to Freeport from the Wantagh Station for administrative duty.
Trooper Sweeney was a 7 month veteran of the State Police assigned to the Jones Beach detail. He was the first member of the State Police assigned to newly established Troop "L" to die in the line of duty.
Corporal Leroy John Baker, 33, a nine-year veteran of the State Police, was accidentally electrocuted while performing duties at an accident scene on August 24, 1930. Corporal Baker was the first Trooper on the scene of a car accident that snapped a utility pole, which fell and blocked the Caroga Lake-Johnstown Road. He was in the process of removing the pole from the highway when he accidentally touched a wire carrying 2,300 volts.
Corporal Baker served with the Marines during World War I and entered the State Police in 1921. He was promoted to Corporal in 1927.
On January 19, 1931, Trooper James M. MacLarnon was killed instantly as he crossed the Southern State Parkway. Trooper MacLarnon was assigned traffic control at the traffic booth located at the intersection of the Southern State and Wantagh Parkways. After he parked his motorcycle on the highway shoulder and was walking toward a fixed post he was struck by a vehicle traveling west on the Southern State Parkway.
Trooper MacLarnon was one of the original "K" Troop members who was assigned to the Long Island Parkway detail. He was a four-year veteran of the State Police, originally serving at White Plains and assigned to Bethpage at the time of his death.
Sergeant John E. Frey, 35, died instantly when he was shot in the chest with a .45 caliber revolver.
Sergeant Frey was transporting a 19 year old prisoner to the Loudonville barracks for questioning. He was following a second Trooper who was transporting another youth when they became separated in traffic. Sergeant Frey was overpowered by the youth who pulled a concealed gun. The defendant ordered Sergeant Frey from the vehicle, overtook and disarmed the other Trooper, and freed his friend from custody. They returned to where Sergeant Frey was standing by the road and killed him in an exchange of gunfire.
Sergeant Frey was a veteran officer of Troop "G" and was born in Germany.
Trooper Garland Blair, 29, was killed instantly on October 12, 1931 when the open touring car in which he was a passenger rolled over twice. Trooper Blair, a two-year veteran assigned to Hawthorne, was returning from a burglary investigation when his partner, the operator of the vehicle, was blinded by the lights of an oncoming car and forced off Route 100 in Yorktown Heights. Trooper Blair was immediately transported to an area doctor's residence by a passing motorist but was pronounced dead on arrival.
Trooper Blair served in the U.S. Navy during World War I and came to New York from Zan Lier, Kentucky.
On November 25, 1931, Corporal Martin E. Ryan died at the age of 34 from injuries received in a car accident that occurred on the Loon Lake-Plattsburgh Road, 20 miles from Saranac Lake. Corporal Ryan was returning from a burglary investigation when his touring car left the road and overturned in a ditch near the Hamlet of Riverview. Found by passing motorists, he was rushed to Saranac Lake Hospital where x-rays revealed a crushed vertebrae and severed spinal cord at the neck. He died without regaining consciousness.
Corporal Ryan was born and raised in Brooklyn. He joined the State Police and was assigned to Troop "B", Malone, in 1924.
Corporal Theophilus Gaines, 32, and another member died on January 15, 1932, when their plane crashed a few miles east of Cazenovia at 5:19 p.m. Corporal Gaines was conducting routine inspections of Troop Communications Sections and was being transported from Troop to Troop by aircraft at the time of his death.
Corporal Gaines enlisted at Troop "B", Malone, and served that Troop until the teletype system became operational in October 1931. Thereafter, he was assigned to head the Teletype Bureau at Headquarters in Albany.
Lieutenant Tremain H. Hughes, 35, Chief of the State Police Aviation Unit, and another member were killed instantly on January 15, 1932 when their plane crashed in Madison County.
The plane, being piloted by Lieutenant Hughes, was observed by residents along the Cazenovia-Peterboro Road flying very low beneath heavy cloud cover and fog. There were no witnesses to the accident, but subsequent investigation revealed that the plane's wing struck a tree and the craft plunged to the earth and exploded in flames.
Lieutenant Hughes was lauded as being the mentor of the famous Troop "D" Rough Riders. He joined the State Police in February 1918 at Onondaga Valley and served in Troops "D" and "G". He was placed in charge of New York State's only aircraft in July 1931.
Trooper Raymond J. Chippendale, 27, was fatally injured while operating his motorcycle on the Watertown-Carthage Road near the Village of Carthage. The accident occurred at the same curve on which another Trooper had been injured just two years before.
Trooper Chippendale joined the Division of State Police on June 1, 1930, and had been recently transferred to the Adams station.
Trooper Vincent A. Dunn, 24, while on night patrol, was found unconscious behind the wheel of his car on September 30, 1932. While traveling north on Route 22 near Pawling his vehicle went off the road, clipped one telephone pole and struck another pole head on. Accident investigators theorized Trooper Dunn fell asleep and the vehicle drifted off the road onto a soft shoulder. He died of head injuries in the Danbury Hospital six hours after being found.
Trooper Dunn was a three-year veteran, serving Troop "K" at the Fishkill and Brewster Barracks.
Sergeant Walter A. Purcell died instantly on March 31, 1933 when his neck was broken by the steering wheel of the open touring car he was driving on the Amsterdam-Scotia Road. Sergeant Purcell and two Troopers were en route to participate in a security detail at a milk strike in East Avon, Livingston County, at the time of the accident. For an unknown reason the touring car came to an abrupt halt. Passing motorists found the two Troopers had been thrown from the vehicle and lay dazed or unconscious while Sergeant Purcell was found dead seated in the upright car. No evidence of a collision was found and investigators theorized that the brakes suddenly locked for an unknown reason.
Sergeant Purcell was a member of the State Police for nine years, and an Army veteran of World War I.
Sergeant Homer J. Harrison, 41, Commander of the Castile area of Wyoming County, died by drowning June 19, 1933. Sergeant Harrison slipped beneath the surface of Silver Lake when his small boat overturned. His body was recovered an hour later.
Sergeant Harrison joined the State Police at Batavia in September 1921 and was promoted to Sergeant and transferred to Castile in 1925. He was an Army veteran of World War I who served in France as a Canoneer.
Trooper Thomas L. Corbett died on August 13, 1933 as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident that occurred on January 14, 1931 in the Town of Caledonia, Livingston County, NY.
Trooper Corbett suffered spinal injuries and a crushed pelvis when the vehicle in which he and another Trooper were traveling was forced off the road. Since his injuries were such that he was never able to leave the hospital, he received a disability retirement on August 1, 1931, before passing away from complications more than two years later.
Trooper Corbett, age 31, from Batavia, joined the State Police on July 16, 1921 and was assigned to Troop A.
Trooper Jerome B. Nugent, 25, died on October 13, 1933 from a fractured skull caused when he was thrown from his motorcycle on the Forestville Sheridan Road near Sheridan, Chautauqua County. At the time of the accident, Trooper Nugent was assigned to patrol the Lake Shore area of the Sheridan station. While on patrol, a large collie dog ran from a farm house directly into the front wheel of his motorcycle. Trooper Nugent was taken to Brooke Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk, but succumbed without regaining consciousness.
He was a five-year veteran, serving all of his career with Troop "A".
Trooper Raymond A. Plunkett died on January 5, 1934, at the age of 27, as a result of an accident on Kirkland Hill, south of Utica.
Returning to the Oneida barracks from his residence in Clinton, Trooper Plunkett's vehicle was forced off the right side of the road. He lost control and skidded on icy pavement across the road into a ditch striking a pole. At the hospital, he was being treated for fractures of the jaw and facial bones when he died unexpectedly of a blood clot in his heart.
A five-year veteran of Troop "D", he served numerous substations after joining on October 16, 1928.
On August 23, 1934, Trooper George J. VanAntwerp, 30, died in Cohoes Hospital a few hours after his motorcycle collided with a car on the Albany-Crescent Road, (present day Route 9 near Bought Corners).
Trooper VanAntwerp was following a vehicle northbound and as he attempted to pass, the vehicle made a left turn into his path. He sustained a fractured skull, internal injuries and a severe leg injury.
Trooper VanAntwerp was assigned to Troop "G" at the time of his death. During his five years with the State Police, he served in Troop " K" at Scarsdale and at Speculator, Scotia and the Troy Posts of Troop "G".
Trooper Edward L. Cunningham lost his life on October 10, 1934, when the open touring car he was operating left the Wantagh Parkway near Jones Beach and struck an abutment. The vehicle overturned, ejecting Trooper Cunningham onto the highway where he died instantly from head injuries. There were no witnesses to the accident. Investigating officers theorize that Trooper Cunningham was in pursuit of a speeding vehicle at the time of the accident.
Trooper Cunningham was a four-year veteran of the State Police and was stationed at SP Valley Stream at the time of his death.
Trooper Thomas C. Lynes, 25, was killed in a traffic accident on June 3, 1935, while travelling on the River Road, north of Tivoli.
There were no witnesses to the accident. Investigating officers theorized the accelerator stuck as the car plunged through 100 yards of dense undergrowth and small trees. Trooper Lynes was thrown from the vehicle and died of a fractured skull.
Trooper Lynes was assigned to the SP Fishkill Station.
Corporal John G. Lord was seriously injured July 23, 1935 at 7:30 P.M. when the vehicle he was operating crashed into a traffic island on the Bronx River Parkway. There were no witnesses to the accident. Corporal Lord died shortly thereafter of a fractured skull. He was returning to SP Hawthorne upon completion of his tour of traffic duty.
Corporal Lord was a 14-year veteran and was assigned to the Attorney General's Office prior to his assignment to SP Hawthorne.
Trooper Anthony F. Laurence, 28, was killed instantly on July 27, 1935 in a traffic accident two miles south of Bolton Landing.
Witnesses stated that the motorcycle Trooper Laurence was operating suddenly lurched and swerved and Trooper Laurence's left leg flew up from the cycle before the cycle left the road and struck a tree head-on.
Trooper Laurence joined the State Police in October 1928 and served in Cooperstown before he was transferred to Troy in August 1933. At the time of his death, Trooper Laurence was assigned to a special traffic detail at the Gold Cup Races at Lake George.
Trooper Clark C. Lewis died instantly on January 19, 1936 when his open touring car went off Route 27 near the Village of Montauk and overturned.
At the time of his death, Trooper Lewis was assigned to Bethpage Park and was assigned to patrol Route 27. It was during his return from the far eastern section of his patrol area that the accident happened.
Trooper Lewis was an eleven year veteran of the State Police and served in Troop "B" and Troop "G", where he was a member of the famed Rough Riders. He was then assigned to the Troop " K" Parkway Detail and was with the detail when it was reclassified as Troop "L".
Trooper Stanley C. Greene, 29, died on February 28, 1936, a few hours after his motorcycle struck the rear of a truck on the Albany-Schenectady Road. Trooper Greene never regained consciousness and died at Memorial Hospital from skull and internal injuries. At the time, Trooper Greene was operating the first radio equipped motorcycle assigned to the Troop "G" area.
Witnesses to the accident observed Trooper Greene grab for his stetson when it was caught by the wind just as the truck he was following slowed to make a turn.
Trooper Greene was assigned to the Newtonville out-post.
On February 19, 1937, Trooper Kenneth N. Devitt died at the age of 28 of influenza and complications of an accident that severely damaged his left leg on August 21, 1931.
The 1931 accident occurred when Trooper Devitt was stopped on Route 5 near the Canastota Airport and a vehicle operated by a 15 year old boy struck him.
Trooper Devitt joined the Division of State Police at Oneida, on March 1. 1930. He served on patrol duty at several Troop "D" stations until he returned to SP Oneida and served in the Communications Section.
Sergeant John H. Lockhart died of a cerebral hemorrhage on March 3, 1937, at the age of 43, five days after receiving an injury to his head from a slip and fall accident.
On the morning of Friday, February 26, 1937, at SP Highland, Sergeant Lockhart was entering his troop car to respond to a call involving a break-in at a local drug store. He slipped on ice entering his patrol vehicle and struck his forehead on the top wooden frame brace of the car. He continued to work for two days with extreme headaches before he went unconscious on the night of February 27th. He was transported to Kingston Hospital and never regained consciousness.
Sergeant Lockhart joined the Division on June 1, 1919 and figured prominently in a number of the large cases at the time.
Trooper Arthur A. Reddy died instantly when the open touring car he was driving left a dirt road and struck a clump of trees.
Trooper Reddy and his partner were assigned to patrol a construction area to prevent vandalism to equipment used to build the Parkway system on Long Island. They were responding to a report of criminal mischief to equipment when the accident occurred.
Trooper Reddy had been a "K" Trooper assigned to the Long Island Parkway Detail and was assigned to Troop "L" when that Troop was formed.
Trooper Gerard B. Kane died instantly on November 15, 1937 when the car he was a passenger in left a dirt road adjacent to Deer Park Avenue in the Town of Babylon. He was thrown from the open touring car as it struck a clump of trees. Trooper Kane and his partner were enroute to a criminal mischief complaint when the accident occurred.
Trooper Kane had been a "K" Trooper assigned to the Long Island Parkway Detail and was assigned to Troop "L" when that Troop was formed.
On November 17, 1937, Sergeant Joseph L. Fitzpatrick, 35, was killed returning to the Hamilton station when his vehicle failed to negotiate a curve and plunged down a 12 foot embankment off the Cherry Valley Turnpike near Morrisville.
Before the accident, Sergeant Fitzpatrick and his partner had been assigned to a roadblock for three consecutive days searching for three convicts who had escaped from the Jamesville Penitentiary.
Sergeant Fitzpatrick was an eleven-year veteran of Troop "D", a senior member of the Rough Riders, and had served as an Aviator under the late Lieutenant Tremaine Hughes.
Trooper Graydon died on March 19, 1938 at the age of 22 as a result of a motor vehicle accident.
On March 19, 1938, Trooper Graydon was enroute to the Troop "K" Headquarters along the Bronx River Parkway when his Troop car mounted the curbing on the roadside. The car left the roadway and struck a tree head-on killing Trooper Graydon instantly.
Trooper Graydon joined the Division on July 1, 1936 at SP Hawthorne, and served there until the time of his death.
On August 21, 1938, Trooper Martin Kerins, 28, died of head injuries when the tire of his motorcycle blew out while he patrolled the Southern State Parkway. After the accident, Trooper Kerins was taken to the Babylon Hospital for treatment but he never regained consciousness and died as a result of his injuries.
Trooper Kerins was a five-year veteran of the State Police assigned to SP Valley Stream who had served in several Troop "L" Stations before his death.
Trooper William F. Dobbs Jr., 30, was critically injured while on motorcycle patrol August 27, 1939 on the Taconic Parkway in the Town of LaGrange. His motorcycle struck a vehicle that had crashed into the guardrails and was wedged diagonally across the roadway. Trooper Dobbs was thrown from his motorcycle and died of internal injuries at Vassar Hospital.
Trooper Dobbs was assigned to the South Millbrook Station for one year prior to his death.