Lieutenant Tremain M. Hughes

Lieutenant Tremain M. Hughes

New York State Police, New York

End of Watch Friday, January 15, 1932

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Tremain M. Hughes

Lieutenant Tremain Hughes and Corporal Theopolis Gaines were killed when their state police airplane crashed in Madison County, New York.

The pilot, Lieutenant Hughes, was following a road for a forced landing in foggy conditions when the plane struck an elm tree. The plane crashed and burst into flames. Lieutenant Hughes was trapped in the rear cockpit of the burning plane and Corporal Gaines was thrown from the plane and died instantly.

Lieutenant Hughes had served with the New York State Police for 14 years and was Chief of the State Police Aviation Unit. He was the first New York State Police flying trooper and had been credited with saving the life of the warden and prison guards during the Auburn Prison Riot. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

plane crash

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Lt. Hughes,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of New York.


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