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  • Law Enforcement Memorial 2013


  • AAMVA honors law enforcement officers of member jurisdictions who make the ultimate sacrifice while performing their duties. Our deepest respect and sympathy goes out to the families and agencies of those fallen officers.  

    Trooper David Cunniff

     Trooper D. CunniffNew York State Police
    End of Watch
    : Tuesday, December 17, 2013

    Biographical Info
    Age:
    35
    Tour of Duty: 9 years

     

     

    Incident Details
    Cause of Death:
    Patrol Car Crash
    Date of Incident: December 16, 2013
    Trooper David Cunniff succumbed to injuries sustained the previous night when his patrol car was struck from behind by a tractor trailer.

    He had made a traffic stop on the New York State Thruway, at Exit 27, and was stopped on the shoulder when the semi hit his cruiser from behind. The impact caused him to become partially ejected. He was transported to a local hospital with massive injuries but succumbed to those injuries the following day.

    Trooper Cunniff had served with the New York State Police for nine years and was assigned to Troop T. He is survived by his wife and two young sons. 

                 

    Trooper Ross M. Riley 

    Trooper Ross RileyNew York State Police
    End of Watch:
    Wednesday, November 20, 2013

    Biographical Info
    Age
    : 44
    Tour of Duty: 17 years

     

     

    Incident Details
    Cause of Death:
    Fall
    Date of Incident: November 20, 2013
    Trooper Ross Riley died after falling approximately 30-feet while participating in a high-angle rescue training exercise in Letchworth State Park.

    As part of the exercise a life-size dummy had been placed on a ledge of a cliff over Wolf Creek. Trooper Riley, a paramedic for the agency, and two other troopers rappelled to the ledge and secured the dummy to a stretcher. As other personnel began to lift the stretcher Trooper Riley fell backwards and dropped approximately 30 feet into Wolf Creek, suffering severe head injuries.

    The other two troopers immediately descended to his location and administered aid. He was transported to Wyoming County Community Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

    Trooper Riley was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Persian Gulf War and had served with the New York State Police for 17 years. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.

     

     

    Trooper Paul Butterfield  

    Trooper Paul Butterfield (September 2013) Michigan State Police
     End of Watch: Monday, September 9, 2013

    Biographical Info
    Age
    : 43
    Tour of Duty: 14 years

     


      

     

    Incident Details
    Cause of Death:
    Gunfire
    Date of Incident: September 9, 2013
    Trooper Paul Butterfield was shot and killed while making a traffic stop in Mason County, at approximately 6:20 pm.

    A few minutes after radioing in the stop a citizen called 911 to report a trooper had been shot. Responding units located Trooper Butterfield on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. He was flown to Munson Medical Center where he succumbed to his wounds while in surgery.

    Using a vehicle description provided by Trooper Butterfield as he stopped the vehicle, investigators were able to identify a suspect and located him, along with a female accomplice, at a convenience store in a neighboring county approximately two hours later. Officers exchanged gunfire with him as they made contact, wounding the male subject before taking them both into custody.

    Trooper Butterfield was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Michigan State Police for 14 years.

      

    Trooper William P. Keane  

    Trooper Willian Keane (August 2013) New York State Police
    End of Watch:
    Friday, August 23, 2013

    Biographical Info
    Age:
    56
    Tour of Duty: 26 years  


               

     

    Incident Details
    Cause of Death:
    Heart Attack
    Date of Incident: August 23, 2013
    Trooper William Keane suffered a fatal heart attack while representing the New York State Police in the North American Inspectors Championship in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Trooper Keane had been participating in the timed commercial vehicle inspection events when he began to feel ill. He was transported to a local hospital but passed away a short time later.

    Trooper Keane was a U.S. Navy veteran. He had served with the New York State Police for 26 years and was assigned to the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit in Troop A. He is survived by his wife, seven children, and six grandchildren. 

                

    Trooper Winston Martindale

    Trooper Winston Martindale (July 2013)New York State Police
    End of Watch: Wednesday, July 24, 2013

    Biographical Info
    Age:
    40
    Tour of Duty: 7 years

     

     

    Incident Details
    Cause of Death: Fall
    Date of Incident: May 9, 2011
    Trooper Winston Martindale succumbed to injuries sustained on May 9th, 2011, after responding to the scene of a plane crash in Wawayanda, New York.

    Trooper Martindale was one of the first responding units to a crash involving two small planes that had collided. During the response he fell on a piece of equipment and suffered internal injuries and internal bleeding. Despite the injuries, he continued his efforts to free the two pilots from the wreckage.

    After clearing the scene several hours later it was determined that he had suffered severe injuries. He underwent several surgeries over the following two years but succumbed as a result of the injuries and complications on July 24th, 2013.

    Trooper Martindale was a U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, parents, sister, and brother.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Sergeant John C. LaRose

    Sergeant John LaRose (July 1, 2013) Pennsylvania State Police
    End of Watch:
    Monday, July 1, 2013

    Biographical Info
    Age:
    50
    Tour of Duty: 21 years

     

     

    Incident Details
    Cause of Death:
    Patrol Car Crash
    Date of Incident: Monday, July 1, 2013
    Sergeant John LaRose was killed in a vehicle crash when his patrol car collided with another vehicle on Route 120 in Lumber Township, Pennsylvania.

    He was travelling on a curved portion of roadway when his vehicle lost traction due to wet conditions. The vehicle crossed the center line and struck an oncoming car. Sergeant LaRose was killed in the crash while the two occupants of the other vehicle were injured.

    Sergeant LaRose was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the Pennsylvania State Police for 21 years where he served as station commander of the Emporium barracks. He is survived by his wife and four children. 

     

    Trooper Sean O’Connell

    Trooper Sean O'Connell (May 31, 2013) Washington State Patrol
    End of Watch:
    Friday, May 31, 2013

    Biographical Info
    Age:
    38
    Tour of Duty: 16 years

     

          

    Incident Details
    Cause of Death
    : Motorcycle Crash
    Date of Incident: Friday, May 31, 2013
    Trooper Sean O'Connell was killed when his motorcycle was struck by another vehicle at approximately 5:45 p.m. as he controlled traffic on Interstate 5 near the Skagit River Bridge collapse in Washington State.  He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

    Trooper O'Connell was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Washington State Patrol for 16 years. He is survived by his wife and two children. 

     

    Officer Tim Huffman

    Officer Tim Huffman - May 2013Arizona Department of Public
    End of Watch:
    Monday, May 6, 2013

    Biographical Info
    Age:
    47
    Tour of Duty: 14 years

     

     

    Incident Details
    Cause of Death: Tractor Trailer Crash with Patrol Car
    Date of Incident: Saturday, May 6, 2013
    Officer Tim Huffman was killed when his patrol car was struck by a tractor-trailer on I-8 near Dateland, Arizona.

    He and other officers were attempting to shutdown a lane of traffic while investigating an earlier crash. Officer Huffman was sitting in his patrol car writing a report as another officer attempted to shut down a lane of traffic to clear a lane for fire department vehicles. The tractor trailer failed to yield to the officer who was waving traffic over and struck the back of Officer Huffman's patrol car at full speed, pushing it into two other patrol cars, a fire department vehicle and a civilian vehicle.

    Officer Huffman succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

    Officer Huffman was a member of the Arizona Army National Guard and had served with the Arizona Department of Public Safety for 14 years. 

     

    Trooper Tage Toll

    Trooper Tage Toll - March 30, 2013

    Alaska State Troopers
    End of Watch:
    Saturday, March 30, 2013

    Biographical Info
    Age:
    40
    Tour of Duty: 10 years


                    

    Incident Details
    Cause of Death:
    Helicopter Crash
    Date of Incident: Saturday, March 30, 2013
    Trooper Tage Toll was killed in a helicopter crash during a search and rescue mission near Talkeetna, Alaska.

    Trooper Toll had been picked up by the Alaska State Trooper's Helo-1 at approximately 7:35 pm to assist in searching for a missing snowmachiner near Larson Lake. They located the subject just before 10:00 pm and were able to bring him aboard the helicopter.

    The helicopter was en route to Sunshine Tesoro to meet with medics when troopers lost radio contact with it at approximately 11:00 pm. The wreckage was located the following morning after a massive search. Trooper Toll, civilian pilot Mel Nading, and the snowmachiner were all killed in the crash.

    Trooper Toll had served with the Alaska State Troopers for 10 years and had previously served with the Kansas Highway Patrol. 

     

    Trooper James Sauter

    Trooper James Sauter - March 28, 2013Illinois State Police
    End of Watch:
    Thursday, March 28, 2013

    Biographical Info
    Age:
    28
    Tour of Duty: 4 years

            
                             

    Incident Details
    Cause of Death:
    Patrol Vehicle Crash
    Date of Incident: Thursday, March 28, 2013
    Trooper James Sauter was killed when a semi-trailer truck struck his cruiser on Interstate 294 shortly after 11:00 p.m.

    Trooper Sauter was stopped on the left shoulder of the southbound lanes when the semi rear-ended his cruiser, causing both vehicles to burst into flames. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Trooper Sauter is survived by his wife and family.  

     

    Master Trooper Junius A. Walker

    Master Trooper Junius Walker - March 2013Virginia State Police
    End of Watch: Thursday, March 7, 2013

    Biographical Info
    Age: 60
    Tour of Duty: 40 years

           
                 

    Incident Details
    Cause of Death:
    Gunfire
    Date of Incident: Thursday, March 7, 2013
    Master Trooper J.A. Walker was shot and killed while making a traffic stop on southbound I-85, near mile marker 45, at approximately 1:30 pm.

    During the stop, a subject exited the stopped vehicle and opened fire on Trooper Walker as he sat in his patrol car. Trooper Walker was able to return fire and call for assistance. Another trooper responded within two minutes and observed a subject shooting into Trooper Walker's patrol car.

    The responding trooper engaged the subject, who fled into the adjacent woods. The man was apprehended a short time later.

    Trooper Walker succumbed to his wounds at the scene.

    Trooper Walker had served with the Virginia State Police for 40 years. He is survived by his wife and two adult children.

                     
    Trooper Michael Slagle

    Trooper Michael Slagle - January 2013Tennessee Highway Patrol
    End of Watch:
    Friday, January 25, 2013

    Biographical Info
    Age:
    52
    Tour of Duty: 32 years  

     
                  

    Incident Details
    Cause of Death:
    Vehicle Crash/Heart Attack
    Date of Incident: Friday, January 25, 2013


    Trooper Michael Slagle died following a crash in Knox County.

    Trooper Slagle’s patrol car slid off the icy roadway. Despite being stuck in his vehicle, he was able to notify dispatchers of the crash and rescue crews were sent to the scene. A responding fire truck slid on the same patch of ice and flipped over on top of Trooper Slagle’s patrol car while he was still inside.

    At some point during the incident Trooper Slagle suffered a fatal heart attack.

    Trooper Slagle had served with the Tennessee Highway Patrol for 28 years. He is survived by his wife and daughter.