Wall of Honor Press Release
New York State Trooper Foundation
Ms. Rachael Mincher
Mr. J. Bruce Stauffer
New York State Police
Harry J. Corbitt
Lieutenant Glenn R. Miner
Director of Public Information
FOR RELEASE: IMMEDIATE
(Albany, NY - November 20, 2008) – Today at the New York State Police Academy, the New York State Trooper Foundation dedicated a newly redesigned and constructed “Wall of Honor” to memorialize Members of the New York State Police who have died in the line of duty.
The New York State Trooper Foundation, established in 1984, has fostered a partnership between the private sector and the New York State Police for innovative and professional police service in the Empire State through initiatives focused on public safety education, special services for the police profession, police training and professional development and police technology.
Ms. Rachael Mincher, President of the Trooper Foundation, Mr. Bruce Stauffer, outgoing Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Trooper Foundation, Mr. John C. Egan, newly elected Chairman of the Board, and other trustees, formally dedicated the wall to the fallen Members of the New York State Police. Superintendent Harry J. Corbitt graciously accepted on behalf of the agency.
Ms. Mincher said, “The Trooper Foundation is dedicated to helping our New York State Troopers better serve and help our communities. Those Troopers whose faces we see on the walls of this memorial will forever be honored with respect and appreciation for the ultimate sacrifice they have made.”
Superintendent Corbitt said, “This magnificent memorial, once a wall, now a room, is a place for families, friends, co-workers, and all grateful New Yorkers, to come reflect, honor, and remember those whose faces we see displayed, and their sacrifice. God Bless them, their families, and all who share in their memory.”
The original wall was designed and built in 1983 by employees of the New York State Police. Planning of the new memorial started in January of 2008. The room was designed by JCM Architectural Associates, of Syracuse, NY and then constructed by Zandri Construction Corporation of Cohoes, NY. It was completed on September 10, 2008. The ornate walls and columns of the memorial are constructed of maple wood and veneers. The project cost $180,000 and was entirely funded by corporate and private donations made to the Trooper Foundation, a 501(C)(3), non-profit charitable organization.
On the walls are the photos of the 122 Members of the New York State Police that have died in the line of duty.