Funeral services held for NY trooper killed in crash
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York state trooper killed in an on-duty crash outside the upstate station where he worked was “the kind of trooper you want out patrolling your community,” the head of the agency said Monday during the fallen officer’s funeral services.
Hundreds of fellow New York troopers were among the more than 1,000 law enforcement officers who joined relatives and friends of Jeremy VanNostrand for his funeral at a Catholic church in Schenectady, along with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other New York dignitaries.
VanNostrand, 36, was killed when his vehicle was rear-ended by a box truck last week as he waited to make a turn into a trooper station in Montgomery County. His vehicle was then pushed into the path of an oncoming pickup truck. VanNostrand was declared dead at an Albany hospital later that morning.
His death is considered an on-duty death, state police officials said.
Nostrand, a six-year state police veteran, worked eight years as a correction officer for New York state before joining the troopers in December 2012. A native of neighboring Fulton County, he lived in Schenectady County with his wife and their 6-year-old daughter.
State police Superintendent George P. Beach II told mourners who filled St. Gabriel’s Roman Catholic Church that it was evident at an early age that VanNostrand wanted to serve in uniform.
“Hard-working, aggressive, Jeremy loved making arrests and was passionate about getting impaired drivers off our roads,” Beach said. “That is the kind of trooper you want out patrolling your community.”
During his remarks Beach announced VanNostrand was posthumously promoted to sergeant because he was in line for a promotion at the time of his death.
The cause of the crash outside the trooper station near Fultonville, in the Mohawk Valley, remains under investigation.