22 January 2021
Kevin P. Bruen
Acting Superintendent
Public Information Office
                                  (518) 457-2180

The New York State Police are mourning the loss of Mr. Christian Koch, Division Civilian Pilot, Aviation Unit-Rochester. 

Mr. Koch, also a pilot with the New York Army National Guard, was tragically killed on January 20, 2021, when the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter he was flying in crashed in the town of Mendon, in Monroe County. 

Mr. Koch has been a pilot with the New York State Police since March of 2016.

In addition to a pilot and crew member on many rescue and search missions, Mr. Koch also served as a Division Unit Trainer, instrumental in the last year conducting annual training for Division pilots.

He was recently honored by the Red Cross of Western New York for his role in the June 2020 rescue of an injured 11-year-old boy in Wyoming County.

Along with first responders on the ground, and a State Police crew in the air, the boy was hoisted more than 100 feet from a gorge and taken for medical care. 

Mr. Koch is survived by his wife and four children. 

The New York State Police thank him for his service to his country, and to the people of the State of New York.

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