Trooper Brian N. Rovnak

Trooper Brian N. Rovnak

New York State Police, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, February 2, 1983

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Brian N. Rovnak

Trooper Brian Rovnak was killed in a vehicle crash on I-84 five miles east of Taconic Parkway while he and his partner were en route to meet other troopers at 4:25 am.

The troopers were traveling eastbound on I-84 when the vehicle went off the highway, crashing into the guard rails, which caused the patrol car to flip. Both Troopers were transported to Putnam Community Hospital, where Trooper Rovnak succumbed to his injuries. The other trooper suffered a concussion.

Trooper Rovnak was a United States Army Vietnam War veteran who served with the New York State Police for 16 years and was assigned to Troop K. He was survived by his wife, two sons, mother, three brothers, and two sisters.

The Taconic State Parkway bridge overpass in East Fishkill, Dutchess, NY, has been renamed the Trooper Brian N. Rovnak Memorial Bridge.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

single vehicle crash, vehicle crash

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Never to be forgotten; RIP Trooper Brian N. Rovnak.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police - Troop "D"

February 2, 2024

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