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Trooper David Brinkerhoff | New York State Police, New York New York State Police, New York


David Brinkerhoff

New York State Police, New York

End of Watch: Wednesday, April 25, 2007
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Reflections for Trooper David Brinkerhoff


Never forgotten. We have one that wants to follow in your footsteps. You would love him! Keep watch.

The Scholds
Friends from RI
April 23, 2016

Almost ten years ago I had the honor of meeting your wife and your new baby girl, such a beautiful family. For a brief moment my mother was able to hold your new child and I remember asking her a question. I was so young and so naïve at the time only being a middle school boy that when I saw my mother holding a new child I said "hey who is the father" insinuating that my mother had a child with another man. Thinking that would be received as funny by the onlookers of the situation I was regrettably informed that you Trooper Brinkerhoff were the said father of that beautiful child. For ten years now I have relived that moment in time and reflected upon the horrible choice I made. If only I had known the situation I would have never said the comment that I did. I will regret it until the day I die and I hope that you wonderful wife has forgotten that day unlike I have. I stumbled upon this page for reflection after doing some research about the NYS Troopers A close friend of mine is eager to start in a few months and I hope that you will look over him and guide him through tough times. Rest In Peace David, your family misses you and the bravery you expressed will never go unnoticed.

Family Friend
February 17, 2016

Never forgotten. Dave you may have inspired a future state trooper.

The Scholds
friends from RI
April 25, 2015

hey uncle Dave I miss you and I love you, I can't wait until we meet again.

Alaina Brinkerhoff
January 19, 2015

Rest in Peace Trooper and God Bless your family and fellow officers!

Lt. L.L.Pecorella, Retired
Monroe County Sheriff's Office
April 26, 2014

You and your family are forever in our thoughts and prayers.
This June our family suffered our own tragic loss. We look to Mike and Laurie for strength and faith. They are true examples of the joy and happiness that you brought to this world.

The Scholds
Friends from RI
April 24, 2014

I cannot help but think that the entire town of Boston had you on their minds this Sunday night. I am sure you had something to do with all of the officers making it through the night okay. We all miss you very much, I am so blessed to have known you in my childhood. Thank you for bringing happiness and light into this world.

Paul Rooney
March 19, 2014


April 25, 2013

Thinking of you tomorrow - April 25. Where has 6 years gone? Seems like yesterday. Think of you often and know that you are with all of us.

C/S Terri-Jo Gallagher
New York State Police
April 24, 2013

There is never a day that we don't think about the Brinkerhoff family. Never forgotten.

The Scholds
friends from RI
April 24, 2013

Happy Birthday.

Heather R. Gockel
August 29, 2012

From all of us from the Town of Durham you will never be forgotten. See you when we see you.

Durham PD New York
April 25, 2012

Five years...hardly seems possible. I sometimes feel that so many here have moved on, forgotten about what happened here. Was just another day in their lives. Well, it may have been just another day in my life, but a day that has profoundly impacted me in a way many don't understand, not even myself sometimes. I have always been proud to call myself the daughter of a NYS Trooper. Maybe that is why this hurt me so much, to know that you would miss out on all that Isabella would do and succeed at. Not to mention we lost you in our own backyard. Hit way too close to home. I keep you, your Mom and all your family close in my heart everyday. I will always remember #4531.

Heather R. Gockel
Margaretville, NY
April 25, 2012

I can not believe it has been five years since you were taken from us. A life cut way too short. I was incredibly proud when you told me you made the MRT. I know how hard you worked to get on the team and to watch you train your ass off getting ready was inspiring to say the least. As hard as the selection process is I never doubted you could make it. And still five years later there as i sit here looking at old pictures, i am incredibly proud of what you accomplished.

For about a week now i have been thinking about what i would post for the five year anniversary of your passing. There is not a day that has gone by that i have not stopped and thought about you and sometimes wonder who you would be today. I can say with certainty that you would be you. You never forgot where you came from and no title or special detail
would change you.

I am forever thankful for the times we spent together both at work and off duty. Although I transfered to Albany and did not see you as often as when i worked Coxsackie and Hunter, when we did see or talk to eachother it was as if we didnt miss a beat. Thank you for the memories and laughs. Even to this day i think about some of the calls we worked together and conversations we had and laugh as if it just happened.

Keep smiling down on us and rest easy we will take it from here. I miss you brother.

Deputy J. ALverson
Albany County Sheriffs Patrol
April 25, 2012

You are in our thoughts and hearts everyday. Never to be forgotten.

The Schold's
friends from RI
April 24, 2012

Another Happy Birthday. Missed making my trip to visit today, Hurricane Irene threw quite a punch at my hometown. Never far from my thoughts, this day or any day. Keep smiling down on us. Forever A Hero.

Heather R. Gockel
August 29, 2011

I came down and sat with you for a while today at the cemetary to spend some time with you on your birthday. It all seems like just yesterday and the pain is still there. however the thoughts and stories from calls you and I were on turned my sorrow and missing you into a few laugh out loud moments and a ton of chuckles.......Still making me smile after thease years brink. Thank you for all of the great memories. I miss you and I love you as a Brother. friend, and a great person. And if you had any hand in a certain crash that took place on June 28 I want to thank you..
Keep smiling down on us Brink. You make the world a better place.

Deputy J. Alverson Jr
Friend and Albany County Sheriffs Deputy
August 29, 2011

It is hard to believe it has been 4 years since Brink was taken from us.Not a single day goes by that I am not reminded in some way or another of you. I still to this day drive by places and remember calls that he and I worked together and ...remember some of the helarious comments that we would pass to eachother under our breath. 4 Years and the pain of losing you is still as if it was only yesterday.The pictures, the smiles and the memories all make it go away if only for a brief moment but for that brief moment it reminds me that you are still Always on my mind and forever in my heart. Keep Smiling down on us Brink. You are missed and will never be forgotten. Super Smurf #4531

Deputy J. Alverson
Albany County Sheriffs Patrol, NY
April 26, 2011

It rained again today.....Yet I think it has rained every April 25th since you were called home. You and your family are never far from my thoughts. Missing you always.

Forever a Hero.

Heather R Gockel
April 25, 2011

You and your family are never far from our hearts and minds.

The Scholds
April 25, 2011

April 25 - 4th year in Heaven. Always missed.
RIP Brink. Love ya.

Terri-Jo Gallagher
April 24, 2011

When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous have a refuge - Proverbs 14:32.

You are not forgotten.

Constable Amanda Pandolfi #1249
York Regional Police, Ontario Canada
February 23, 2011

Another Christmas without you, I miss you so much and wish Isabella could have you with her. It breaks my heart to have both of you miss out on each other.

Mrs. Brink
December 21, 2010

We think of you often and those two beautiful girls you left behind. Barb and Isabella- please know that you are in our daily prayers. May your husband and daddy continue to watch over both of you.

The DelNagro Family
NYSP SP Rochester
April 25, 2010

Three years ago, but for many it feels like only yesterday. May God watch over your family today and everyday. Having met both Barbara and your Mother, I wish them strength and encouragment each and everyday. To little Isabella, continue to be determined and strong-willed....and remember your Daddy is watching....always.

#4531 - Forever a Hero

Heather R. Gockel
April 25, 2010


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