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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

Weapon: Not available

Suspect: Not available

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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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Thank you for your service and unselfish sacrifice for your fellow man! You belong to HIM now and forever! May your family and friends find comfort and peace in that fact. God Bless!

Rev. Steven R. Closs, D.D.
Retired Captain, Nashua Police Department, Nashua, NH
June 9, 2013

 

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