As you remember these fallen officers, take comfort in recalling that they dedicated their lives to the same principles of honor, duty and courage that brought you to the badge. Such a life is truly rich. Take strength in knowing that when an officer falls, our resolve to serve those in need is not diminished. Our dedication to protecting those in danger is not weakened. Our commitment to remembering those with whom we shared the badge does not fade.
Godspeed, brothers and sisters. You fought the good fight. Now rest in peace…
PoliceOne Member since 08/07/2013 End of Service: 12/17/2013
By PoliceOne Staff
ALBANY — A state trooper has died of injuries suffered when his cruiser was hit by a tractor-trailer Monday night on the Thruway near Amsterdam.
David Cunniff, 35, was parked behind another vehicle on the highway’s shoulder after making a traffic stop when a tractor trailer driven by Gary Blakley hit both vehicles, according to the Times Union.
The other motorist, Eric Heller, who’d been pulled over for speeding, was taken to the hospital in fair condition.
Cunniff, a nine year veteran assigned to troop T’s Fultonville barracks, was pronounced dead Tuesday morning. He leaves behind a wife and two young boys, according to the report.
"All our hopes and prayers are with the family at this terrible time," Superintendent Joseph D'Amico said.
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