Fallen New York State troopers who died on LI
New York State troopers who have died on Long Island.
Jose A. Rosado
Date of Appointment: Sept. 19, 1988
Date of Death: Jan. 24, 2007
Trooper Jose A. Rosado was killed in a two-car accident on Jan. 24, 2007, in the Town of Southampton. Rosado had been with the force for eight years.
Thomas M. O'Neill
Date of Appointment:Jan. 13, 1972
Date of Death: July 6, 2005
Senior Investigator Thomas M. O'Neill had a fatal heart attack while arresting an individual at a local gas station in the Town of Islip. O'Neill had been with the force for 33 years.
Date of Death: Aug. 24, 1997
Trooper Fabio Buttitta, who was assigned to Troop L - Islip Terrace, was killed on Bay Shore Road in the Town of Babylon, on his way home when his vehicle was struck head-on by another vehicle operated by an impaired driver, police said.
Thomas J. Consorte
Date of Death: Nov. 23, 1987
Trooper Thomas Consorte was involved in a minor accident with another vehicle that had pulled in front of his patrol car. While outside his vehicle setting out flares and investigating the accident, he was struck by a third vehicle, resulting in his death.
Donald A. Strand
Date of Appointment: June 19, 1958
Date of Death: Sept. 28, 1960
Trooper Donald A. Strand died as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident enroute to the Bridgehampton Station.
James R. Gohery
Date of Death: Dec. 29, 1943
Trooper James R. Gohery died while on duty in the Village of Freeport. Gohery was assigned to relay evidence to the Wantagh station and as he traveled through the Village of Freeport, the evidence slipped from his grasp. In an attempt to recover it, he lost control of his motorcycle, brushed against a tree and fell, striking his head. He was stationed at the Bethpage and Wantagh Stations of Troop "L."
Peter J. Formosa
Date of Appointment: July 1, 1940
Date of Death: Jan. 13, 1943
Trooper Peter J. Formosa died as a result of a military auto accident in Hempstead. Formosa was with the force for two years.
Date of Death: Aug. 21, 1938
Trooper Martin Kerins died of head injuries when the tire of his motorcycle blew out while he patrolled the Southern State Parkway. Kerins was a five-year veteran of the State Police.
Arthur A. Reddy
Date of Death: Nov. 15, 1937
Trooper Arthur A. Reddy died instantly when the open touring car he was driving left a dirt road and struck a clump of trees.
Gerard B. Kane
Date of Death: Nov. 15, 1937
Trooper Kane died instantly when the car he was a passenger in left a dirt road adjacent to Deer Park Avenue in the Town of Babylon. Kane and his partner were enroute to a criminal mischief complaint when the accident occurred.
Clark C. Lewis
Date of Death: Jan. 19, 1936
Trooper Lewis, an 11-year veteran of the State Police, died instantly when his open touring car went off Route 27 near the Village of Montauk and overturned. At the time of his death, Lewis was assigned to Bethpage Park and to patrol Route 27. It was during his return from the far eastern section of his patrol area that the accident happened.
Edward L. Cunnningham
Date of Death: Oct. 10, 1934
Trooper Cunningham, a four-year veteran of the State Police, died when the open touring car he was operating left the Wantagh Parkway near Jones Beach and struck an abutment, ejecting him onto the highway where he died instantly from head injuries. Cunningham was stationed at in Valley Stream at the time of his death.
James M. MacLarnon
Date of Death: Jan. 19, 1931
Trooper MacLarnon, a four-year veteran of the State Police, was killed instantly as he crossed the Southern State Parkway after he parked his motorcycle on the highway shoulder and was walking toward a fixed post when he was struck by a vehicle traveling west. MacLarnon was assigned to Bethpage at the time of his death.
Edward J. Sweeney
Date of Death: May 17, 1930
Trooper Sweeney, a six-year veteran of the State Police, was killed when his motorcycle collided with a truck on Sunrise Highway near Babylon. Sweeney was assigned to the Jones Beach detail and was the first member of the State Police assigned to the newly established Troop L to die in the line of duty.
John J. Lane
Date of Death: May 13, 1928
Trooper Lane, a six-year veteran of the State Police, was interviewing an area patrolman at the station concerning vandalism to construction equipment on the Wantagh Parkway. The Bethpage Station was 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.
Date of Death: Sept. 29, 1924
Trooper Dobbs died from complications brought about by injuries sustained in a earlier motorcycle accident in Mineola. Dobbs was on routine patrol when he was struck by a truck that had passed a stop sign and entered Jericho Turnpike in front of him. He lost his leg to surgical amputation and later succumbed to infection and pneumonia.