Wall of Honor Assistance Needed
December 6, 2016 - 11:00am
Help Us Identify W.H. Curley - Corp. Martin Ryan Identified !
The State Police Wall of Honor at the New York State Police Academy is a tribute consisting of a framed photo and write up of those Members who died while on duty. Unfortunately two Members do not have photos as the State Police Archives are unable to identify the Members in large group photos. If you know of anyone who may have information on either Trooper William H. Curley (Troop G) or Corporal Martin E. Ryan (Troop B) please contact the Centennial Project at [email protected]
Senior Investigator Michael Holtman- Troop K- Has identified and provided photos for Corporal Ryan. The Wall of Honor at SP Academy and Troop B will be updated with the picture attached to this item as a result of his efforts.
Thank You !
Trooper William H. Curley
October 2, 1922
Trooper William H. Curley died on October 2, 1922 at the age of 35 from injuries resulting from a motor vehicle accident. On September 26, 1922, Trooper Curley was operating his motorcycle on the Hoosick Falls- Bennington Road enroute to the barracks when he collided with an oncoming car that had exhibited erratic driving behavior. As a result of the accident, Trooper Curley’s leg was amputated, after which his condition gradually deteriorated and he died on October 2, 1922.
Trooper Curley served originally in Troop K from May 1, 1918 to March 1, 1919. He then reenlisted on June 16, 1922 in Troop G, Troy where he served until his death.
Corporal Martin E. Ryan
November 25, 1931
On November 25, 1931, Corporal Martin E. Ryan died at the age of 34 from injuries received in a car accident that occurred on the Loon Lake- Plattsburgh Road, 20 miles from Saranac Lake. Corporal Ryan was returning from a burglary investigation when his touring car left the road and overturned in a ditch near the Hamlet of Riverview. Found by passing motorist, he was rushed to Saranac Lake Hospital where x-rays revealed a crushed vertebrae and severed spinal cord at the neck. He died without regaining consciousness.
Corporal Ryan was born and raised in Brooklyn. He joined the State Police and was assigned to Troop B in Malone in 1924.