On February 14, 1997, Trooper Nathaniel Burroughs was fatally injured while investigating a one-car 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 ice-covered road, into the Troop Car and forced it into the initial car, which hit 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 10-year veteran and had served exclusively with Troop F. He was assigned to SP Wurtsboro at the time of his death.