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Fallen trooper's alma mater prepares for goodbye

Fallen trooper's alma mater prepares for goodbye

Calling hours are set for Mayfield Sunday, funeral for Rotterdam on Monday
Fallen trooper's alma mater prepares for goodbye
Trooper Jeremy J. VanNostrand (inset); A flag in Schenectady flies at half staff in his honor Wednesday
Photographer: Provided (inset); Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer (background)

MAYFIELD -- Jeremy VanNostrand grew up in Mayfield and graduated from Mayfield schools.

That's where met his wife, Angela. They were high school sweethearts. Mayfield is also where he played soccer and ran track. 

And it's where he studied and prepared for a life of service to New York State, first as a correction officer and -- for the final six years of his life -- as a New York state trooper.

On Sunday, at Mayfield Junior/Senior High School, friends, family and the larger law enforcement community will pay their respects, their first chance to do so since his death Tuesday in a motor vehicle crash that happened as he was arriving at work.

"He was very inquisitive -- someone who took his education very seriously, even in high school," said Mayfield High School Principal Christopher Wojeski, summing up recollections from coaches and teachers who interacted with VanNostrand during his time at the school.

VanNostrand, 36, died after his vehicle was struck on Route 5S in Glen, Montgomery County, as he waited to turn in to the state police barracks there at the start of his shift. State police offered no updates on the investigation Thursday.

Calling hours are scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Mayfield school, 27 School St., Mayfield. 

A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at St. Gabriel the Archangel Roman Catholic Church in Rotterdam.

VanNostrand went on from Mayfield to attend SUNY Albany, Fulton-Montgomery Community College and the College of St. Rose. He obtained two master's degrees, according to his obituary.

He joined the state Department of Corrections in 2004 and graduated from the state police academy in 2013. He eventually won assignment to the state police barracks in Glen, just south of the county where he grew up.

He and his wife settled in Rotterdam, where they raised their 6-year-old daughter, Merrick.

Obituary: Trooper Jeremy J. VanNostrand

"Jeremy will be remembered for his love of his family, friends, his career and reading," his obituary states. "He enjoyed spending time with his daughter, geocaching, taking hikes together and decorating for Halloween.

"Jeremy also enjoyed the annual family vacation to Disney World. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him."

Law enforcement personnel from around the region and the country are expected to be on hand Sunday and Monday to pay their respects.

In preparation for Sunday's calling hours, state police representatives visited the school Thursday, Wojeski said.

Previous: State Trooper Jeremy VanNostrand remembered as outstanding, hardworking, Nov. 28, 2018

Wojeski said he knows it will be a difficult day for everyone, but he said he also hopes the community will be able to come together to share their memories and stories.

Asked about VanNostrand's connection to Mayfield and his legacy, Wojeski called his example "very powerful."

"It's something our students always want to emulate -- someone who had success here in Mayfield [and] in his post- and secondary lives as well," Wojeski said. "As we digest this, we'll be talking more about how we can serve our local community and serve individuals and do great things for the community every day."

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