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Police, public remember fallen state trooper

Police, public remember fallen state trooper

Police agencies, public pay their respects Sunday
Police, public remember fallen state trooper
Mourners file into Mayfield Junior/Senior High School to attend calling hours for fallen State Trooper, Jeremy VanNostrand.
Photographer: Marc Schultz/Gazette Photographer

Dozens of law enforcement officials and members of the public gathered Sunday afternoon at the Mayfield Junior/Senior High school to attend calling hours for Jeremy J. VanNostrand, the state trooper who was killed in a multi-car crash on Nov. 27.

VanNostrand, 36, of Schenectady County, died of injuries he suffered in a 7:45 a.m. crash outside the town of Glen barracks where he was stationed. The crash happened as he waited to turn in to the barrack's parking lot to start his shift, state police said.

A native of Mayfield, VanNostrand settled in Schenectady County with his wife and their 6-year-old daughter, troopers said. He joined the state police in December 2012 and initially served elsewhere in the state before he returned to patrol the roads near where he grew up.

Prior to becoming a state trooper, VanNostrand served as a state corrections officer and attended Fulton-Montgomery Community College.

Tuesday morning's crash happened as VanNostrand arrived for work in his personal vehicle, a Nissan Altima, state police said. He was stopped in the westbound lane, waiting to turn in to the station when he was rear-ended by a box truck and pushed into the oncoming lane, state police said. VanNostrand's vehicle was then hit by a pickup truck that was headed east.

VanNostrand was taken to Albany Medical Center, where he died of his injuries, state police said.

Police from all over the Capital Region made their way into the school at 1 p.m. for a viewing restricted to law enforcement officials. Public calling hours began later in the afternoon.

A large American flag hung off of a Perth fire truck that was stationed in the school's parking lot, which was filled with cars and  emergency vehicles. A police officer was needed at the entrance of the school to direct the nonstop flow of cars into the parking lot.

Police officers in dress uniforms and their families, many toting umbrellas to shield themselves from the rain, filed into the school past a New York State police cruiser stationed on the sidewalk, just outside of the entrance.

Agencies from across the state were present at the services, including the Guilderland Police Department, Johnstown emergency medical services, the New York State police, the Saratoga County Sheriff's Office, the Schenectady Police Department, the Niskayuna Police Department, Fulton County ambulance services and the Ulster County Sheriff's Office.

While the majority of those expressing their sympathies were from New York State, cars with license plates stretching from Delaware to Virginia and Quebec were also present.

Well-wishers ranged from young children to adults, with veterans, college students, and members of the Police Benevolent Association of New York State present as well.

On Sunday afternoon, the New York State police issued a press release warning drivers about road closures going into effect for VanNostrand's funeral services, which are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Monday morning.

Drivers should be aware there will be rolling road closures on Hamburg Street in the vicinity of St. Gabriel the Archangel Roman Catholic Church in Rotterdam the morning of Dec. 3, said police.

Drivers should be aware and seek alternate routes to avoid delays between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and noon. 

The driver of the box truck was not injured, state police said. The driver of the pickup truck was taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam with injuries believed to be non-life-threatening.

State police identified the box truck driver as Aaron M. Munsie, 32, of Amsterdam, and the pickup truck driver as Robert E. Crews, 52, of Fort Plain.

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