The wife of a New York State Trooper killed while on his way to work expressed her appreciation to those who have helped her the last few weeks.
Trooper Jeremy VanNostrand, 36, was rear-ended in his personal vehicle and pushed into oncoming traffic while waiting to turn into the New York State Police Fonda Station on November 27.
He was then struck by a pickup truck and taken to Albany Medical Center where he died.
His wife, Angela VanNostrand, expressed her thanks to police and the community on Thursday:
To say that we are still in shock over the loss of Jeremy, is an understatement. Our little family is missing him terribly. His humor, his love, his strong arms, and charming smile. I can’t begin to imagine how much more terrible this pain could have been, if we had had to confront our new reality alone. The generosity, compassion and actions of the New York State Police has been a cushion to the blow. To all the family, friends, neighbors, community business and the extended law enforcement family across NY state and the country, I can only say “Thank you”, and hope that those two words can express my gratitude for all your time and caring over the last three weeks. Jeremy was given a hero’s send off. He was our hero, and strived to be a force for good in the community. He was one of the best people I have ever known, my best friend since we were 17 years old. We grew up together and were planning to grow old together. He was a good man, a good daddy, a good Trooper, and he had hoped to do many more great things. I am heartbroken for our loss. And, yet, I stand amazed at the goodness of people. You have honored him, and for that, thank you.
Trooper VanNostrand was posthumously promoted to the rank of sergeant.
He is survived by his wife, a 6-year-old daughter, parents and siblings.