GLEN — A stretch of highway running through the Mohawk Valley has been formally named for a fallen state trooper eight months after his death.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday signed into a law naming a stretch of Route 5S after Sgt. Jeremy J. VanNostrand, who was killed in a crash last November on his way to work.
The “Sergeant Jeremy J. VanNostrand Memorial Highway” will cover the stretch of highway where VanNostrand served at the Troop G Barracks in Montgomery County.
"Sergeant VanNostrand was a dedicated and hard-working state trooper whose life was tragically taken from us too soon," Cuomo said. "New Yorkers will never forget Sgt. VanNostrand's service to our state and this memorial is a fitting tribute to his life and career of public service."
State Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam, sponsored the bill in the state Assembly at the request of VanNostrand’s fellow officers.
The highway, he said, will serve as tribute for VanNostrand’s family as well as the broader state police community.
“This man was an inspiration and a devoted officer to the people of New York,” Santabarbara said. “It is important we preserve his memory, and we honor him for the life of sacrifice he gave as a public servant. This memorial will commemorate the life of a man that gave of himself for the safety of others and we will continue to remember the difference he made in our community and our state.”
State Sen. George Amedore Jr., R-Rotterdam, said VanNostrand was a dedicated state trooper "committed to protecting the community he loved.”
“The entire community mourned when his life was tragically cut short,” he said. “I want to thank [Gov. Cuomo] for signing this legislation to rename the stretch of road he traveled every day in his honor. It is a fitting tribute to his memory and legacy of service."
Because VanNostrand was arriving at work when he was killed, state police consider it a "line of duty death."
VanNostrand, 36, previously worked for the state Department of Corrections before moving to the state police, where he served for six years.
He was rear-ended by a box truck while stopped and waiting to turn into the station and pushed into the oncoming lane, where his vehicle was then hit by a pickup truck.
The crash remains under investigation, state police said.