1980 - 1999

ROBERT J. GAYLO - TROOP E - MAY 13, 1980

Trooper Robert J. Gaylo

Trooper Robert J. Gaylo died at age 42 as a result of an automobile accident on May 13, 1980.

Trooper Gaylo, while on routine patrol on Melrose Road in the Town of Owasco, Cayuga County, lost control of his vehicle on a rain slick highway, and struck an oncoming vehicle. Trooper Gaylo died at the scene of head and internal injuries.

Trooper Gaylo joined the Division in 1965, and served in Troops C, D and T, before being assigned to the Auburn Station in 1974.


JAMES A. KELLY, JR. - TROOP F - AUGUST 8, 1980

Trooper James A. Kelly

Trooper James A. Kelly, Jr. was killed in a traffic accident on August 8, 1980. He was 31 years old.

Trooper Kelly was critically injured when a car driven by a drunk driver swerved across Route 9W in the Town of Highlands and struck his patrol car head-on.

Trooper Kelly served in the U.S. Navy before joining the New York City Police Department where he worked in the 40th Precinct in the South Bronx from 1973 to 1977. He joined the State Police in September 1977 and was assigned to the Newburgh Barracks at the time of his death.


ROBERT VanHALL, JR. - TROOP E - DECEMBER 5, 1980

Robert VanHall Jr.

Investigator Robert L. VanHall, Jr. was shot and killed on December 5, 1980. He was 35 years old.

Assigned to the Troop "E" Narco Squad, Investigator VanHall and his partner were about to arrest two brothers on East Market Street in the City of Corning for trafficking in cocaine and marijuana. Investigator VanHall was a passenger in an unmarked SP car which was struck by the wanted subjects as they tried to elude arrest. Investigator Van Hall, unable to exit his vehicle, was shot through the passenger window with a double barreled shotgun.

Investigator VanHall was a Vietnam veteran, serving in the U.S. Army Green Berets before joining the Division of State Police.


THOMAS L. BUCK - TROOP A - MARCH 19, 1981

THOMAS L. BUCK

On November 29, 1971, Investigator Thomas Buck, while in the process of making an arrest for illegal possession of a hypodermic needle, punctured his finger securing the needle as evidence. In early 1972, Investigator Buck was diagnosed as having developed infectious hepatitis. Thereafter, Investigator Buck experienced intermittent episodes of liver dysfunction and entered into disability retirement on August 1, 1979. Investigator Buck died at age 36 on March 19, 1981.


THOMAS L. PRYME - TROOP B - JULY 24, 1982

Trooper Thomas L. Pryme

Trooper Thomas L. Pryme, 35, was killed on July 24, 1982 on Route 56 near the Village of Potsdam.

Trooper Pryme had just completed his tour of duty and was returning to his residence when his vehicle was struck head-on by a van being operated by an intoxicated driver. Trooper Pryme was pinned in the vehicle and died at the scene.

Trooper Pryme, an eleven year veteran, was assigned to SP Canton.


GARY E. KUBASIAK - TROOP A - AUGUST 30, 1982

Trooper Kubasiak

Trooper Gary E. Kubasiak was shot and killed August 30, 1982, upon his response to the scene of a reported domestic dispute. The subject, who had a history of incarceration for mental health reasons, had threatened his mother. She fled to a neighbor's house and called for assistance. Trooper Kubasiak and his assigned K-9, Donovan, were recalled to duty to assist an on-scene detail of Troopers and Investigators with the arrest of the barricaded subject. Trooper Kubasiak who knew the subject personally, had entered the kitchen of the man's residence to talk him into surrendering. Without warning, the subject shot and fatally wounded Trooper Kubasiak in the chest, even before he could defend himself or command his dog to attack.

Trooper Kubasiak was a nine year veteran of the State Police and had worked for seven years out of the Gowanda Satellite Office.


BRIAN N. ROVNAK - TROOP K - FEBRUARY 2, 1983

Trooper Rovnak

Trooper Brian N. Rovnak lost his life On February 2, 1983 at the age of 39 in a one-car accident on Interstate 84, five miles east of the Taconic Parkway. The accident occurred while Trooper Rovnak and his partner were enroute to meet another patrol.

Trooper Rovnak was a Vietnam veteran, having served with a Military Police detachment in the U.S. Army.

He was a sixteen year veteran and had been assigned to patrol Interstate 84 and the Taconic Parkway since 1969.


DAVID M. CORBINE - TROOP T - MAY 23, 1983

Z/Sgt Corbine

Zone Sergeant David M. Corbine died at the age of 43 on May 23, 1983. While operating his Troop car on the New York State Thruway near the City of Syracuse, Sergeant Corbine suffered a massive heart attack. His vehicle crossed the center mall, both opposing lanes of traffic and came to a stop in an open field.

Sergeant Corbine entered the Division on April 2, 1962 and was a twenty-one year veteran. He served in Troop "D", Oneida, Troop "B", Ray Brook, Troop "A", Batavia, and Troop "E", Canandaigua. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1974, transferred to Troop "T", and was thereafter promoted to Zone Sergeant in 1978.


PAUL ASHBURN - TROOP T - JULY 26, 1983

Trooper Ashburn

On July 26, 1983, Trooper Paul Ashburn, 28, was struck and killed by a truck while conducting a traffic stop on the New York State Thruway south of the City of Albany.

Trooper Ashburn had made a traffic stop and was standing alongside the vehicle when a truck veered from the driving lane and struck him and the stopped vehicle. Trooper Ashburn was killed instantly.

Trooper Ashburn joined the State Police in 1979 and transferred to Troop "T" in 1981. He was assigned to the Albany Zone Headquarters at the time of his death.


RICHARD B. SNYDER - TROOP F - SEPTEMBER 20, 1984

Inv. Snyder

Investigator Richard B. Snyder was shot and killed while interviewing a witness on September 20, 1984. He was 37 years old at the time of his death.

Investigator Snyder was shot in an ambush by a subject who at the time had been released on bail pending trial for conspiracy and attempted robbery. Revenge is theorized as the motive for the shooting as the assailant had previously been arrested by Investigator Snyder for burglary, unlawful imprisonment and menacing. The subject later committed suicide.

Investigator Snyder was a decorated Marine veteran who served in Vietnam. He joined the State Police in 1974 and was assigned to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation at Wurtsboro at the time of his death.


THOMAS F. HUDSON - TROOP G - NOVEMBER 26, 1985

Trooper Hudson

Trooper Thomas F. Hudson, 41, was killed instantly on November 26, 1985 when his Troop car was struck from behind by a tractor trailer on Interstate 87 near Saratoga Springs.

A tractor trailer had become disabled partially in the driving lane and Trooper Hudson had positioned his Troop car, with its emergency lights in operation, behind the vehicle. A second tractor trailer struck the Troop car from behind, killing both Trooper Hudson and the operator of the disabled vehicle.

Trooper Hudson was a fifteen year veteran of the State Police and had served in Troops "B" and "T". He was assigned to SP Saratoga at the time of his death.


ARTHUR A. SCARAFILE - TROOP T - MAY 8, 1986

Sergeant/Station Commander Scarafile

Sergeant/Station Commander, Arthur A. Scarafile was killed instantly in a traffic accident on May 8, 1986 at the age of 51.

Sergeant Scarafile was travelling east on Higby Road near Utica, when a dump truck, travelling in the opposite direction, lost its power steering and brakes. The truck crossed the highway and struck the Troop car on the driver's side crushing the vehicle and killing Sergeant Scarafile.

Sergeant Scarafile joined the Division of State Police July 31, 1958 and briefly served in Batavia and Oneida. He was assigned to the Thruway Detail on October 12, 1959 and rose to the rank of Station Commander.


ROBERT G. DUNNING - TROOP K - JUNE 14, 1987

Trooper Dunning

On June 14, 1987, at 9:50 p.m., Sergeant Robert Garzetta and Trooper Robert Dunning responded to a complaint of a subject menacing his neighbor with a rifle. Upon their arrival, the two Troopers engaged the individual in conversation. Then, without warning or provocation, the man raised his rifle and began firing at the two Division members. Trooper Dunning, age 45, was mortally wounded in the heart, while Sergeant Garzetta was wounded in the leg. Sergeant Garzetta returned fire, wounding the assailant three times. The assailant then turned his weapon on himself and committed suicide.


ALVIN P. KURDYS - TROOP T - SEPTEMBER 15, 1987

Trooper Kurdys

On September 15, 1987, about 8:30 a.m., Trooper Alvin Kurdys, 42, was working a "B" line Radar detail on the New York State Thruway near Batavia. While issuing a traffic ticket to a motorist who was stopped for speeding, Trooper Kurdys was advised that a motor vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed was heading toward him. Without warning the vehicle struck Trooper Kurdys, killing him instantly. The motorist who struck him was convicted of criminal negligence.


THOMAS J. CONSORTE - TROOP L - NOVEMBER 23, 1987

Trooper Consorte

On November 23, 1987, while on routine "C" line patrol in the Town of Riverhead, Suffolk County, Trooper Thomas Consorte was involved in a minor accident with another vehicle that had pulled in front of his Troop car. While outside his vehicle setting out flares and investigating the accident, Trooper Consorte was struck by a third vehicle resulting in his instantaneous death. Trooper Consorte was 24 years old at the time of his death.


JOSEPH T. AVERSA - DETF - MARCH 5, 1990

Investigator Aversa

On March 5, 1990, at 3:35 p.m., Investigator Joseph Aversa, age 31, was fatally wounded and two New York City Police Department detectives were shot in an exchange of gunfire with an armed assailant who attempted to rob one of the officers during a narcotics operation. Investigator Aversa, a member of the New York City Drug Enforcement Task Force (DETF), was engaged in a "buy-bust" operation which involved the purchase of a large quantity of cocaine.

Investigator Aversa was a six-year veteran of the New York State Police at the time of his death.


RICKY J. PARISIAN - SIU WHITE PLAINS - MAY 20, 1994

Investigator Parisian

On Friday, May 20, 1994, Investigator Ricky J. Parisian, 34, a member of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), was shot and killed when he attempted to stop an armed robbery at a supermarket in the City of Oneonta.

Parisian, who was off-duty at the time of the attack, was shopping with his wife when he spotted the robbery in progress. Assisted by his wife, Parisian first ushered store customers to a safe area. He then ran to the front of the store and tackled the robber. Both men fell through a plate glass window. The attacker, who was armed with a sawed-off shotgun, rose to his feet and fired once at Parisian.

Mortally wounded, Parisian continued to struggle with his assailant and managed to tear off the ski mask the robber wore and disarm him. He then collapsed and his attacker fled. The mask and shotgun were secured as evidence and were instrumental in the apprehension of the robber.

Investigator Parisian was an eight-year veteran of the Division at the time of his death.


NATHANIEL BURROUGHS - TROOP F - FEBRUARY 14, 1997

Trooper Burroughs

Trooper Nathaniel Burroughs was fatally injured while investigating a one car motor vehicle accident on Route 17 in the Town of Mamakating during hazardous weather conditions.

Trooper Burroughs had taken immediate steps to secure the safety of the lone operator/occupant of the damaged vehicle by activating his emergency lighting and protecting the scene with his Troop Car. As Trooper Burroughs began interviewing the driver in front of the damaged car, a tractor-trailer skidded off the slick, ice-covered road into the Troop Car and forced it into the initial car, which struck the two men. Both men were thrown a considerable distance. Trooper Burroughs died from his injuries a short time later at Horton Memorial Hospital.

Trooper Burroughs was a ten year veteran and had served exclusively with Troop F;. He was assigned to SP Wurtsboro at the time of his death.


FABIO BUTTITTA - TROOP L - AUGUST 24, 1997

Trooper Buttitta

Trooper Fabio Buttitta, 31, was killed on August 24, 1997, on Bay Shore Road, Town of Babylon. He had just completed his tour of duty and was on his way home when his vehicle was struck head-on by another vehicle operated by an impaired driver.

Having served in Troop K, Trooper Buttitta was assigned to the Troop L - Islip Terrace.