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Trooper David W. Cunniff | New York State Police, New York New York State Police, New York

Trooper

David W. Cunniff

New York State Police, New York

End of Watch: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 9 years

Badge # 5128

Cause: Automobile accident

Incident Date: 12/16/2013

Weapon: Automobile; Commercial

Suspect: Not available

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Trooper David Cunniff succumbed to injuries sustained the previous night when his patrol car was struck from behind by a tractor trailer at approximately 8:25 pm.

He had made a traffic stop of the speeding vehicle on the New York State Thruway, at Exit 27, and was stopped on the shoulder when the semi hit him cruiser from behind. The impact caused him to become partially ejected. He was transported to a local hospital with massive injuries but succumbed to those injuries the following day.

Trooper Cunniff had served with the New York State Police for nine years and was assigned to Troop T. He is survived by his wife and two young sons.

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On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when David was killed.

To David's family, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Trooper Cunniff gave to his community and the citizens of New York, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on December 17, 2013.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater
April 2, 2014

 

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