Trooper Salvatore J. Embarrato

Trooper Salvatore J. Embarrato

New York State Police, New York

End of Watch Thursday, July 6, 1961

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Salvatore J. Embarrato

Trooper Salvatore Embarrato was killed when his patrol car crashed through a guard rail and plunged down an embankment as he pursued a traffic violator on the New York State Thruway in Tarrytown, one mile east of the Tappan Zee Bridge toll plaza.

His patrol car experienced a malfunction, causing it to go out of control and through the guard rail. Although Trooper Embarrato was wearing a seat belt, he was thrown from the vehicle because the seat belt anchors detached from the frame of the car.

Trooper Embarrato was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the New York State Police for three years. He is survived by his parents and two sisters.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 150
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit

mechanical failure, vehicle pursuit

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Dear Brother...I called the Tarrytown Florist on order a 90th Birthday floral your be delivered and placed at the Van Wart Ave Station...Troop T Memorial...on this Wednesday, Sept. 29...the Feast day of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael...which is also the day of your birth.

Our parish church of St. Michael is celebrating a mass honor of Archangel Michael’s Feast Day. As he is the patron saint of police officers...I will be in attendance...offering my prayers and personal intentions for you.

I felt the need to apologize to the man taking the flower order... because I was getting myself sad...just thinking of how much of your lifetime was taken from you...and I was getting so choked up...that I was barely able to get out the words...that I wanted written on the acknowledgement card. I started to explain the circumstances of your loss...and he was quite understanding...and said "no amount of time ever no need for an apology."

After all these years you would think the thoughts of your loss to me...would by such a routine part of that “new normal” we were made to bear...from what began over 60 years ago...on that July 6, 1961 day...but it’s not.

I guess it’s like Dad always said...when you love hurt and grieve...just as deeply.

Losing you was a great loss to our untimely and so unexpected...and now coupled with the loss of my own son...I know too well...what both Mom and Dad losing their so very loved son.

As your younger sisters...Cookie and I were also the loss of our wonderful big brother. You were a truly loving, caring, and most amazing role model...for us to have...and you did just the right amount of "brother teasing"...and it was always in fun.

I know your presence in the lives of your nieces and nephews...if only you weren’t doing that good deed for another...would have been a great blessing to them too. Sal, you were always...the very best of us.

Know that you remain in my thoughts, in my heart, and in my prayers always.

God bless I pray that you are at peace...and in the company of our other loved ones...until we all can be together again.

Please keep watching over Cookie and your nieces and well as your leo brothers.

Love you so...and I cherish my memories of you.

You are...even now...still very I wish you A Very Blessed “Milestone” Birthday.

You are not forgotten!


September 29, 2021

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