On July 7, 1925, Trooper James B. Losco lost his life in a motorcycle accident while returning to his barracks. At the time of the accident, Trooper Losco was passing an oil truck on Clinton Street in Gardenville, when a tire on his motorcycle blew out. Trooper Losco was unable to regain control of his cycle and it crashed into a bus approaching from the opposite direction. Trooper James B. Losco, 23, was the first Trooper in Troop "A" to lose his life in the line of duty.
Trooper Robert J. Roy, 28, was shot and killed on September 8, 1927 by a subject he and Trooper Arnold Rasmussen had arrested for petit larceny. Trooper Roy and his partner were outside a residence waiting for the subject to get his coat, when suddenly a shot was fired from inside the residence, killing Trooper Rasmussen. Trooper Roy drew his weapon and entered the residence, but as he climbed a staircase he was shot by the assailant.
On September 8, 1927, Trooper Arnold T. Rasmussen, 23, was shot and killed by a subject he and his partner had arrested for petit larceny. Trooper Rasmussen left the subject's residence to hand crank and start the patrol car. The defendant had been permitted to obtain a jacket from his residence. Trooper Rasmussen was shot by the subject from a bedroom window as he stood by the patrol car. Trooper Rasmussen joined the State Police on July 16, 1927 at Troop "A", Batavia.
Sergeant Homer J. Harrison, 41, Commander of the Castile area of Wyoming County, died by drowning June 19, 1933. Sergeant Harrison slipped beneath the surface of Silver Lake when his small boat overturned. His body was recovered an hour later. Sergeant Harrison joined the State Police at Batavia in September 1921 and was promoted to Sergeant and transferred to Castile in 1925.
Trooper Thomas L. Corbett, 31, died on August 13, 1933 as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident that occurred on January 14, 1931 in the Town of Caledonia, Livingston County, NY. Since his injuries were such that he was never able to leave the hospital, he received a disability retirement on August 1, 1931, before passing away from complications more than two years later.
rooper Jerome B. Nugent, 25, died on October 13, 1933 from a fractured skull caused when he was thrown from his motorcycle on the Forestville Sheridan Road near Sheridan, Chautauqua County. At the time of the accident, Trooper Nugent was assigned to patrol the Lake Shore area of the Sheridan station. While on patrol, a large collie dog ran from a farm house directly into the front wheel of his motorcycle. Trooper Nugent was taken to Brooke Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk, but succumbed due to injuries.
Corporal Earl R. Wilkinson, 28, died on May 24, 1942 while he was on active duty with the United States Army Air Corps when his bomber crashed in a swamp near Houlton, Maine. At the time of his death, Corporal Wilkinson was a Second Lieutenant in the Air Corps.
Sergeant Harry A. Adams, 55, died on September 1, 1951, while directing traffic at the scene of an accident. Sergeant Adams, in charge of an accident investigation on Sawyer Road near Albion, was assisting with traffic control when a motorist passing through the accident scene struck and killed him. Sergeant Adams had a lengthy career with the Division of State Police at Troop "A". He was the Albion Station Commander at the time of his death.
Trooper James D. Conrad, age 30, was killed instantly on November 11, 1966 when a tractor trailer made a left hand turn into the path of Trooper Conrad's vehicle on Route 15 near Bath. As a result of an investigation, the truck driver was charged with failing to yield the right-of-way.
rooper Richard L. Weltz lost his life at age 30 on March 17, 1970 in a one-car accident when his vehicle left the road on Route 219 in Hamburg. He was returning from a pistol match in which he represented the New York State Police. Trooper Weltz had won numerous national and international awards for marksmanship during his assignment to the pistol team.
On November 29, 1971, Investigator Thomas Buck, while in the process of making an arrest for illegal possession of a hypodermic needle, punctured his finger securing the needle as evidence. In early 1972, Investigator Buck was diagnosed as having developed infectious hepatitis. Thereafter, Investigator Buck experienced intermittent episodes of liver dysfunction and entered into disability retirement on August 1, 1979. Investigator Buck died at age 36 on March 19, 1981.
Trooper Gary E. Kubasiak (K9) was shot and killed August 30, 1982, upon his response to the scene of a reported domestic dispute. The subject, who had a history of incarceration for mental health reasons, had threatened his mother. Trooper Kubasiak who knew the subject personally, had entered the kitchen of the man's residence to talk him into surrendering. Without warning, the subject shot and fatally wounded Trooper Kubasiak in the chest, even before he could defend himself or command his dog to attack.
Trooper Kevin P. Dobson, 43, was killed on March 26, 2011 on Interstate 290 in the Town of Tonawanda, Erie County. While outside his patrol vehicle conducting a vehicle and traffic stop, Trooper Dobson was struck and killed by a passing motorist. Trooper Dobson joined the New York State Police on April 30, 1997 and was assigned to the Interstate Patrol at SP Clarence.
ooper William P. Keane, died at the age of 56 on August 23, 2013. Trooper Keane, a member of the Troop "A" Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit, suffered a fatal heart attack while participating in the North American Inspectors' Challenge in Salt Lake City, Utah. Trooper Keane entered the Division on March 30, 1987, and was a 26 year veteran. He served in Troop "A" for his entire career.