NY cop dies 2 years after plane crash rescue

Trooper Winston Martindale, Jr. died Wednesday after surgery, one of many medical procedures stemming from a double plane crash rescue

Associated Press

WAWAYANDA, N.Y. — A New York state trooper has died from injuries he suffered two years ago while assisting victims of a double plane crash.

New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico says Trooper Winston Martindale, Jr. died Wednesday after surgery at a New York City hospital.

Martindale fell on a piece of equipment while responding to the crash of two small planes on May 9, 2011 in Wawayanda, in Orange County about 60 miles northwest of New York City. Despite suffering internal bleeding, Martindale stayed at the scene for six hours. Both pilots died.

D'Amico says the 40-year-old Martindale had several medical procedures since.

Martindale was a seven-year veteran of the state police and an Army Reservist who served in Afghanistan. He is survived by his wife, two children, parents and siblings.

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