Trooper Joseph Edward Gearty

Trooper Joseph Edward Gearty

New Hampshire State Police, New Hampshire

End of Watch Thursday, November 30, 1989

Joseph Edward Gearty

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.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 624

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Incident Date Wednesday, November 29, 1989

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I've researched you as a project in my criminal justice class. Your death is a burden of bad timing, and unfair circumstances and my heart goes out to the strength of your family.

Emma York
CRTC Student - Criminal Justice Class

May 19, 2016

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