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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


Submitted to Myspace page August 25, 2007
I stopped by today to say Happy Birthday and spend some time with you. You are always on our minds and in our hearts. I will always remember and cherish the years we worked together and the time we spent together out of work. I never had to wonder if you had my back out on the road. That is just the way you were. If there was even a chance for something to go wrong on a call out there and you were working, I knew it wouldnt be long until you showed up to help. I miss hearing your voice on the radio. I miss knowing that I can call you at anytime day, or night and you would be there. Even though its been 4 months, I have caught myself wanting to call you to talk to you about something. You have something special Brink. You always did. Hanging out with you and hearing your views on things and just sitting back and watching you interact with people for the last 8 years made me not only strive to be a better cop, but a better person as well. You made it clear that it did not matter what uniform a person wore or how much money the person made. You made it clear that were all on the same team.
I will always remember the fires at JB's compound and Hill Street with RK. I remember that during a foot chase spraying pepper is not always the best option :) (ouch)
Thank you for the memories. Keep Smiling down on us from up there and keep watching all of our backs from above and remember we still have your back down here.
I miss you Brink. Feel Free to ride Shotgun with me anytime. Just keep the practical jokes to a minimum.

With Love, Respect, and Honor, I am Fraternally yours,

J.Alverson # 111
ACSD# 1209

Deputy J. Alverson
Albany County Sheriff's/ Coxsackie Pd
October 3, 2007

It doesn't seem like it's already been 5 months and 1 day since your were accidentally taken from us and your family ... there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of you with your crazy self and your wonderful wife and beautiful daughter and think .. why? And I then bow my head to you, Trooper Brinkerhoff, with closed eyes and a tear or two and say "THANK YOU" from the core of myself for keeping us and your fellow MRT brothers safe on "your watch". Words cannot express my ever grateful gratitude to you all, every day. We love and miss you more today then yesterday ..... Godspeed my friend .....

MRT Wife
September 26, 2007

Barb- it was great meeting you yesterday. Isabella is just beautiful. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you. If you ever need anything, please do not hesitate to ask. We think of you both often. God Bless.

The DelNagro Family
NYSP SP Rochester

September 10, 2007


Happy Belated Birthday. How I wish you were here to celebrate with Barbara & Isabella and the rest of your family.

Since you could not, my two girls & I traveled to visit you last Wednesday. We are the ones who left the balloons. We also held a Memorial Walk in your honor Wednesday night. Your buddy Rich was there and many members of the NYSP & NYC DEP. It was a lovely evening - just wished we could have celebrated with you instead of remembering.

Though I never knew you, I think about you, Barbara & Isabella each and every day. I continue to work hard to fullfill my promise to never let our community forget your sacrifice.

You Have My Deepest Respect.

Heather Gockel, Margaretville Resident
Daughter of Retired NYS Trooper #2160
September 4, 2007

It's been 4months and 1week.Everyone says it will get easier with time. It doesn't. I miss you more today than I did yesterday. I'm sure you know that we have wonderful family and friends.I am very thankful for them and all they continue to do for Izzy and me. Keep watching over us and stay close.
Love forever and always,

loving wife
September 1, 2007

David, Today's your birthday, and you're not here with your family. Everyday you're remembered, and everyday you're missed. You will never be forgotten. Today I'll be leaving flowers at your roadside memorial in Margaretsville, and I hope, like always, I'll find a little peace there, knowing you're in a better place.

August 29, 2007

Happy Birthday Buddy! Tomorrow we will be celebrating your life at Jay's house- Cops; drinks and huge bounce house need I say more! Recovery is what it is, no good news to report. Always laugh when they push me harder, cause I can hear the "old man" comments coming from above. Everyday is hard not having you around, but know in your heart you are honored in this house as the warrior you are. Always & Forever- Rich

Tpr Richard Mattson
NYSP Mobile Response Team
August 24, 2007

"I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge - myth is more potent than history - dreams are more powerful than facts - hope always triumphs over experience - laughter is the cure for grief - love is stronger than death."
- Robert Fulghum

Brothers in Blue
Alabama VAPD

August 12, 2007

Law enforcement is a breed all of its own, it takes the best of people to do what they do everyday. I am greatful as well as greatly saddened by the sacrifices made by these great people, doing what only there breed could.

nysp wife
August 9, 2007

THANK YOU DAVID. Thank you for your dedicated service to the New York State Police. Thank you for the sacrifices you and your family must have made during your 8 years of service. Thank you for assisting in the protection of the place I call home.

To David's Parent's: Thank you for raising a brave, honest & dedicated young man. You should be proud.

To Barbara Ann & Isabella Grace: Thank you for sharing him with all of us. He is a true hero and will never be forgotten.

My thoughts & prayers are with you each and every day.

Heather Gockel, Margaretville Resident
Daughter of Retired NYS Trooper #2160
July 24, 2007

Dave, I tried writing this reflection the day after you were taken from us but I couldn't find the words...I still don't think I can. There is an emptiness that I think we all feel because you're gone and I don't know if that will ever change. There isn't an hour that goes by where I'm not reminded of you in some way. If there is some measure of comfort in all of this it is that all of my memories of you involve you laughing or smiling...that makes the pain a little easier to handle. We miss you greatly and will continue to do so. Rest easy...

Investigator Kevin Noto
New York State Police
July 13, 2007

I recently read an article about Trooper Brinkerhoff's funeral. As a fellow Trooper, I mourn his untimely death and thank him for his service. As a fellow Lutheran, I thank God for the gift of eternal life granted to us through faith. To Trooper Brinkerhoff's family, may God grant you peace and comfort in the knowledge of this eternal life. Rest in peace brother, we will meet someday in the place our Lord has prepared for us.

Trooper Jeremy Andreasen
Iowa State Patrol
July 8, 2007

My brother, you left us as a hero and will always be as such. Thank you for continuing to watch over us from above.

July 2, 2007

David, Thank you for being such a good friend. You always looked out for me and treated me so well. I am deeply saddened with the loss of you. May God Bless you and your Family. To say that you will be missed is such an understatement. You will always be a true class act and gentlemen. I'll see you again someday. Thank you again for being my friend. Your a great man, father, husband, son and brother. Rest in peace.

Corey Wiktor
June 28, 2007

With heavy hearts we send our thoughts and prayers to the family of Trooper Brinkerhoff. There are a shortage of words that could express our appreciation for his sacrifice.

May he and his family be blessed and may he receive the rest he is so well deserved.

"Now cracks a noble heart. Good night, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."

Respectfully submitted on behalf of my department,

Officer Matthew Lewek
Menomonee Falls (WI) Police Department
June 25, 2007

God Bless You and Your Family...You are a true hero..Rest in Peace

Louisville Metro Police Department
June 20, 2007

To the Brinkerhoff family and friends: My deepest condolences during this most difficult time. We too lost a hero here...Andy Sperr a year ago. It will never get easier, but try to hold those loving memories close to your heart and never forget. Your in our thoughts and prayers.

Tpr. & Family SP Horseheads
June 16, 2007

"Brink" was an outstanding man who left an impression on every soul he encountered. God bless his family, his friends, and the NYSP for all they sacrificed and contine to cope with. He will be missed, but never forgotten.

Howard Huth
UAlbany, Greene Co. EMS, Western Turnpike Rescue Squad
June 14, 2007

To the family and friends of Trooper David Brinkerhoff and his fellow officers with the New York State Police Department:

On behalf of our family, we wish to extend our deepest condolences on the grievous loss you have suffered because of this tragic line of duty death.

I pray that his loved ones will be comforted by the support of your faith and your law enforcement family. There are many other survivors of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty who share this difficult journey with you, and they too can be a source of great comfort. How very sad that he tragically lost his life at such a young age. He will never be forgotten and his honor will always be revered.

Heaven has another hero today, but how I wish it were not your beloved.

My son was fatally shot and died exactly two years and one day before David during a foot pursuit of two robbery suspects. Forgive me for not writing sooner, but this time of year is especially hard and especially now since we are starting trial this month.

I share his mother Karen's anquish in losing a cherished child. No matter how old they are when they are taken from us, they will always be our babies and we remember every glorious moment we were able to be their Moms. A big chunk of your heart is now missing and will forever belong only to him. I am thankful you have the gift of Isabella...when I look in my grandson Cody's eyes I always see my son.

My thoughts are also with the other team officers and I pray for their emotional and physical healing as well.

This refection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished and dedicated service David gave to the citizens of New York, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on April 25, 2007.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg (CA) Police Dept, eow 4/24/05

June 13, 2007

You are my hero...always have been. I am so proud of the boy you were and the man you became. I miss you more than anyone knows...my heart aches. I will help take care of Barbara and our wonderful Isabella...thank you for them. I know you will take care of them too...I love you my baby boy and someday we will be together....I can't believe you are gone. Love Mom

Mother, Karen Howard
June 11, 2007

God bless you and also the officer who fired upon you.

P.O. Turner
Cleveland OH Police
June 10, 2007

Rest Easy Brother.

Lt. Andrew R. Vickers
June 4, 2007


May 28, 2007

To the family of Trooper Brinkerhoff. With deepest sympathy and condolences. May God Bless you and your family. May God rest your soul Trooper Brinkerhoff. You wil never be forgotten.

May 27, 2007

I don't know what else to say after giving my eulogy on the day of the funeral. No words can express how I feel and how much I miss you each and everyday. You made me a stronger person by knowing you and have opened up my eyes by losing you. Please remain strong as an Angel up above and watch over us here down here. You died doing what you dreamed of doing since 1995. I miss you, SUNY Albany misses you, SAMMY misses you (Hiccup), NYSP misses, WE ALL MISS YOU. Rest in Peace and we will meet again.


Inv David Atkins
Best Friend, fellow Trooper
May 24, 2007


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