1960 - 1979

DONALD A. STRAND - TROOP K - SEPTEMBER 28, 1960

Trooper Strand

Trooper Strand died as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident on September 12, 1960.

Trooper Strand, on leave, was advised that all leaves were cancelled due to severe storm conditions resulting from Hurricane Donna and he was ordered to report for duty. Trooper Strand was enroute to the Bridgehampton Station over North Sea Road when his vehicle and another vehicle collided head-on. The operator of the other vehicle was killed and Trooper Strand was critically injured. He succumbed to the injuries on September 28, 1960.

Trooper Strand joined the Division June 19, 1958, and served in Troop "B" prior to his transfer to the Troop "K" area of Long Island on April 23, 1959. He was assigned to the Bridgehampton Station at the time of his death.


JOHN S. KELLEY - TROOP B - DECEMBER 2, 1960

TrooperKelley

Trooper John S. Kelley, 34, died shortly after the vehicle he was operating was struck by a locomotive at an unguarded crossing in the Hamlet of Felts Mills.

Trooper Kelley was assigned to SP Malone as the Supervisor of the Motor Vehicle Inspection Detail for Troop "B". He was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving from March 7, 1944 until honorably discharged on May 7. 1946. He joined the State Police at Troop "B", Malone, on March 16, 1953.


SALVATORE J. EMBARRATO - TROOP T - JULY 6, 1961

Trooper Embarrato

Trooper Salvatore J. Embarrato, 30, assigned to the Thruway at Tarrytown, was fatally injured in an accident while pursuing a speeder.

Trooper Embarrato lost control of his Troop car a mile east of the Tappan Zee Bridge toll booth. Witnesses to the accident said the Trooper was in pursuit of a speeding vehicle when his car suddenly swerved to the right and plunged down an embankment.

Trooper Embarrato, a native of New York City, joined the State Police in Troop "B", Malone, on May 22, 1958. He transferred to the Thruway October 12, 1959.


STANLEY A. BUNNER - TROOP T - JUNE 30, 1965

Sgt. Bunner

Sergeant Stanley A. Bunner died on June 30, 1965 at the age of 38, as the result of injuries sustained in a one-car accident on the Thruway one mile west of Exit 24, Albany. Witnesses reported that the Troop car, proceeding eastbound, suddenly left the super highway, traveled 200 yards along the earthen embankment of the median and crashed into the underbrush, turning over on its right side. Sergeant Bunner was ejected and found dead a short distance from his vehicle.

Sergeant Bunner served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1948 and joined the State Police in 1958 at Troop "A", Batavia. He began his assignment with Troop "T" in 1961.


CHARLES S. DORRIAN - TROOP K - SEPTEMBER 19, 1965

Trooper Dorrian

Trooper Charles S. Dorrian was killed at age 34 in a motorcycle accident which occurred September 19, 1965.

Trooper Dorrian was on routine patrol when he lost control of his motorcycle on rain slick Route 22 near the Kenisco Dam. Despite immediate first aid, Trooper Dorrian died without regaining consciousness.

Trooper Dorrian joined the Division August 2, 1956, and was assigned to Troop "G", SP East Greenbush. He volunteered for motorcycle duty and was transferred to Troop "K" in May 1957, serving at SP Dover Plains.


JAMES D. CONRAD - TROOP A - NOVEMBER 11, 1966

Trooper Conrad

Trooper James D. Conrad, age 30, was killed instantly on November 11, 1966 when a tractor trailer made a left hand turn into the path of Trooper Conrad's vehicle on Route 15 near Bath. As a result of an investigation, the truck driver was charged with failing to yield the right-of-way.

Trooper Conrad had served in the Marine Corps and Air Force before joining the State Police June 18, 1962. He served in Troops "K" and "T" before being assigned to SP Bath in 1964.


RICHARD A. PALLAS, JR. - TROOP D - AUGUST 31, 1967

Sgt. Pallas

Sergeant Richard A. Pallas, Jr., 32, was killed in a traffic accident on August 31, 1967.

Sergeant Pallas was returning to his residence after giving testimony in court when his vehicle collided with a flatbed truck at the intersection of Sunset Avenue and the Utica arterial in Utica. The driver of the truck was charged with driving while intoxicated.

Sergeant Pallas joined the State Police in 1959 and served as Station Commander of the Remsen Substation.


CHARLES W. PERKINS - TROOP B - OCTOBER 26, 1967

Trooper Perkins

Trooper Charles W. Perkins, 24, died of injuries sustained in a one car accident on October 18, 1967.

Trooper Perkins had been assigned to investigate the larceny of gasoline from a service station. The operator of the gas station provided a plate number and it was learned that the vehicle was stolen from Canton, Ohio. Trooper Perkins was in pursuit of the stolen car when he lost control of his Troop car on wet pavement and struck a tree. Trooper Perkins succumbed to his injuries eight days after the accident without regaining consciousness. The subject of the chase, a fugitive from the Columbus State Hospital, Ohio, was arrested a short time after the accident.

Trooper Perkins joined the State Police on February 24, 1966.


WILLIAM G. DOYLE - TROOP D - DECEMBER 14, 1967

Trooper Doyle

Trooper William G. Doyle, 27, was shot and killed by escapees from a mental institution on December14, 1967.

Trooper Doyle was making a vehicle and traffic stop when he was shot through the windshield of his Troop car by one round from a .270 caliber rifle. A large manhunt centered around the Village of Parish netted the killers, their stolen vehicle and the murder weapon.

Trooper Doyle was a six-year veteran of the State Police and was the son of a retired Trooper. Both Trooper Doyle and his brother were assigned to the Pulaski Station.


RICHARD T. JUNA - TROOP C - FEBRUARY 8, 1970

Trooper Juna

Trooper Richard T. Juna was killed at the age of 43 in a traffic accident on February 8, 1970.

Trooper Juna's death was caused by a drunken driver who fell asleep and crossed into the wrong lane of travel on Route 7 in Otego near Oneonta, New York. Trooper Juna was ejected from his vehicle and died of multiple injuries.

Trooper Juna joined the Division of State Police on July 1, 1953, and had been assigned to serve Troop C Stations and Troop T during his sixteen years of service with the State Police. He was stationed at Sidney at the time of his death.


JOHN G. GEORGE - TROOP D - MARCH 1, 1970

Trooper George

Trooper John G. George died March 1, 1970 of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Trooper George and his partner parked along Route 5 near the Village of Herkimer to complete daily reports. Both were overcome by deadly fumes when the twin tailpipes of their patrol car were blocked by a snowbank. Quick actions of Herkimer Station members and the staff of the Herkimer Memorial Hospital saved one life, but Trooper George expired shortly after 7:00 A.M. Trooper George was 36 years old at the time of his death.

Trooper George joined the State Police on June 18, 1962 and spent the majority of his career at the East Herkimer Station. He was active in the civic and community affairs in Little Falls.


RICHARD L. WELTZ - TROOP A - MARCH 17, 1970

Trooper Weltz

Trooper Richard L. Weltz lost his life at age 30 on March 17, 1970 in a one-car accident when his vehicle left the road on Route 219 in Hamburg. He was returning from a pistol match in which he represented the New York State Police. Trooper Weltz had won numerous national and international awards for marksmanship during his assignment to the pistol team.

Trooper Weltz joined the Division on June 18, 1964 and served in Troop D until he transferred to Troop A. He was stationed at Athol Springs at the time of his death.


SAMUEL N. ROWE - TROOP C - MAY 1, 1970

Captain Rowe

BCI Captain Samuel N. Rowe, 44, died on May 1, 1970, in a traffic accident while returning from a gambling raid conducted by Troop C personnel under his supervision.

Captain Rowe's vehicle left Route 17 when a tire failed on his vehicle and overturned in the Town of Sanford, Broome County, striking a sign and an earthen embankment.

Captain Rowe was a veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict. He joined the Division at Troop C, Sidney, on April 16, 1952.


JOHN F. COTTER - TROOP F - NOVEMBER 21, 1970

Investigator Cotter

Investigator John F. Cotter died from injuries sustained in a one-car accident which occurred November 21, 1970. He was 33 years old at the time.

Investigator Cotter was returning to the Middletown Station from a trial in Sullivan County when his car left the road on rain slick Route 17.

Investigator Cotter was the recipient of several commendations for outstanding police work and had been assigned to the Middletown BCI Unit for two years preceding his death.


ROBERT M. SEMROV - TROOP C - JANUARY 27, 1973

Trooper Semrov

Trooper Robert M. Semrov was shot and killed on January 27, 1973, after having made a vehicle and traffic stop on East Lake Road near Richfield Springs. Trooper Semrov permitted the driver of the vehicle to enter his residence to retrieve a driver's license. The subject emerged with a .22 caliber rifle and shot at Trooper Semrov though the windshield of the Troop car, blinding him with fragments of glass. The subject then shot Trooper Semrov five times in the neck and head with a .22 caliber rifle. Trooper Semrov, near death, managed to struggle with his assailant, but collapsed and died from his wounds.

Trooper Semrov joined the Division of State Police on June 19, 1967, and was assigned to the Richfield Springs Station at the time of his death.


BRUCE McCULLY - DIVISION HEADQUARTERS - SEPTEMBER 30, 1973

Investigator McCully

Investigator Bruce McCully died on September 30, 1973, at Albany Medical Center Hospital of hepatitis contracted during an undercover drug investigation. He was 28 years old at the time of his death.

Investigator McCully was assigned to the Division Headquarters Drug Enforcement Detail and had previously served in Troop G for five years. He joined the State Police in the fall of 1968 and was the class representative for the 115th and 116th Academy classes.


LESLIE S. GROSSO - TROOP H - MAY 21, 1974

Investigator Grosso

Investigator Leslie S. Grosso died as a result of a gun shot wound received during a drug arrest in New York City. Investigator Grosso, with other members of the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force, were completing a drug deal when he was shot in the chest.

Investigator Grosso was an eleven-year veteran of the State Police, having joined on September 10, 1962.


RAYMOND C. DODGE - TROOP E - JULY 2, 1974

Trooper Dodge

Trooper Raymond C. Dodge, 28, lost his life in a gun battle that erupted while he was assigned to investigate a property line dispute between neighbors who owned adjoining lakefront cottages on the shores of Seneca Lake near Dresden. Trooper Dodge resolved the dispute, but was called back when tempers rekindled. Upon his return, he was struck by a shotgun blast, but was able to return fire and wound his assailant in the chest and legs. Trooper Dodge died of wounds to his chest and upper arm.

He joined the State Police in January of the year he died.


EMERSON J. DILLON - TROOP T - OCTOBER 24, 1974

Trooper Dillon

Trooper Emerson J. Dillon died October 24, 1974, in an exchange of gunfire with armed robbers. He was 38 years old at the time.

Trooper Dillon stopped a speeding car on the Thruway near Canastota, unaware that the occupants were fleeing the scene of an armed robbery. While one subject engaged Trooper Dillon in a scuffle, a second subject shot him. Before he died, Trooper Dillon fired two shots at the fleeing vehicle, striking it once. The two subjects were apprehended later and the murder weapon recovered. The investigation lead to the arrest of a third subject the following day in New York City.

Trooper Dillon joined the Division in 1958 and had been assigned to Troop T for twelve of his sixteen years.


WILLIAM V. McDONAGH - TROOP F - DECEMBER 14, 1975

Trooper  McDonagh

Trooper William V. McDonagh was shot and killed on December 14, 1975 when he was dispatched to the Hamlet of Sugar Loaf to investigate a quarrel. He was 24 years old.

A man shot and killed his girlfriend near the phone booth she had used to summon help. When Trooper McDonagh arrived at the scene of the woman's murder, he was shot by her murderer. A back-up patrol killed the assailant when he refused to surrender.

Trooper McDonagh was a two-year veteran and was assigned to SP Monroe at the time of his death.


GERALD R. DeGROOT - TROOP D - JUNE 24, 1978

Z/Sgt. DeGroot

Zone Sergeant Gerald A. DeGroot, 48, died instantly in the City of Watertown on June 24, 1978. He was returning home from his shift, when his vehicle was struck head-on by an 18 year old drunken driver. The youth was charged with criminal negligent homicide.

Zone Sergeant DeGroot joined the New York State Police in 1957 and served at Troop B, Malone, and Troop T, Tarrytown, before returning to Watertown. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1964 and to Zone Sergeant in September 1977. At the time of his death, he was vice president of the Jefferson County Committee on Alcoholism.