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Trooper Joseph Edward Gearty | New Hampshire State Police, New Hampshire New Hampshire State Police, New Hampshire

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Joseph Edward Gearty

New Hampshire State Police, New Hampshire

End of Watch: Thursday, November 30, 1989

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 8 years

Badge # 624

Cause: Automobile accident

Incident Date: 11/29/1989

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Trooper Joseph Gearty and Trooper Gary Parker were killed when their patrol car was crushed by a load of wood which had fallen from a tractor trailer. They were transporting a prisoner when the tractor trailer lost the load of wood which fell onto the patrol car. The prisoner was also killed in the accident. Trooper Gearty succumbed to his injuries the following day.

The driver of the tractor trailer was charged with vehicular manslaughter but acquitted at trial.

Trooper Gearty was survived by his wife and 6-month-old son.

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Trooper Gary P. Parker
New Hampshire State Police, New Hampshire
End of Watch: Wednesday, November 29, 1989
Cause: Automobile accident

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In our current troubled times for the brave men and women who wear the badge of honor I wanted you and your family to know that many of us greatly appreciate your sacrifice. 26 years may have passed but you are not forgotten Joe. Unfortunately, I did not have the honor of knowing you long as I was just a trainee assigned to Troop F when you were killed all those years ago but your sacrifice left a indelible mark on me forever. The close bond displayed by the personnel of Troop F at that time continues to impress me today.

TFC Charles Hanson
Retired, NH State Police
May 23, 2015

 

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