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Trooper David Brinkerhoff

New York State Police, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, April 25, 2007

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Reflections for Trooper David Brinkerhoff


We had a wonderful ceremony yesterday to dedicate your memorial. The stone is absolutely beautiful. Isabella knew it was your photo almost instantly. What a wonderful little girl. Take heart that we will keep watch over her and Barbara.

You will live on in the hearts of many people.

God Bless and Never Forget #4531

Heather Gockel, Organizer
David C Brinkherhoff Memorial

June 30, 2008

May God bless you and your family. I lost my father in the line of duty, and wanted to thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice.

Deputy Sheriff Trainee, Nicholas Tutino
Los Angeles County Sheriff Department

June 14, 2008

It was my honor and privelege to meet several members of the Brinkerhoff family during the Trooper's Tour at Police Week in Washington. I hope you can take some comfort in knowing that your brothers and sisters with the Delaware State Police mourn your loss, and share your grief. Tpr. Brinkerhoff's service and dedication will never be forgotten, even by those of us who were not fortunate enough to have met him.

Sgt. Tom Carver
Delaware State Police

May 17, 2008

I attended the memorial in DC yesterday and it still makes me sad to think we even have to say your name. It was a true honor but not one you should have had to make. The NYSP was an incredible presence and they were all there for you and your family. I think of you often and hope all is well with your family.

Troopers Wife

May 14, 2008

I came across Trooper Brinkerhoff's memorial video on and sought out his story.
God bless you Trooper Brinkerhoff for making the ultimate sacrifice for the people of the State of New York.

I will honor your memory at Police Week this year. May you rest in peace brother.

Detective George Taylor
Westport Police Department CT

May 1, 2008


It has been a year now and not a day goes by that I do not think of you, Barbara and Isabella. Many wonderful people came out on Friday to remember & honor you. I had the privilege of meeting your Mom; what an incredible lady.

Seeing Isabella getting so big and walking and her infectious smile makes everything I do to honor and remember you worth it.

Always Remember #4531

Heather Gockel, Organizer
Brinkerhoff Memorial Stone Project

April 29, 2008

Dear Brinkerhoff family,

My family sends our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time. I really believe there is no "good" time. Our families try to get thru each foot in front of the other. God Bless you all. We do think of you often.

Kathy Corr
Family of Officer Joseph D. Corr New Hartford Police Dept. EOW 2/27/06

April 28, 2008

I can't believe it has been a year. Isabella is walking-no running around and continues to grow , I know that you are looking out for her. She reminds me of you more and more each day-especially when she tells me how old she is! I miss u Brink, Help me make the right choices. I won't give up-remeber play hard or go home!

mrs. brink

April 28, 2008

Had a wonderful turnout at both Margaretville & your resting place. Never gets easy sitting by your grave - never will. Your honor and valor will also be honored till we met again my friend. Always & Forever

Tpr Richard Mattson
NYSP Mobile Response Team

April 26, 2008

Your still in my memories, this marks the first anniversary, but we will keep your memory alive. You died for the State of New York, so that we would be safe. We owe to you and your family so much. You were a great person, know that your wife and child are special people. We pray for them everyday, we love them, and we will watch over them. God has his hand on them, he loves them and will protect them the way your protected your state. We love you Brink- Rest in Peace.


April 26, 2008

It's hard to believe that it has been a year. Your personality and friendship are greatly missed by all that had the honor of knowing you. Thanks for watching over us as we continue to toil in the job that you loved. I'm privileged to have had you as a friend.

Detective Adam Hornick
Bethlehem PD

April 25, 2008


I remember getting the notify by a Trooper shortly after he was notified and then the process of me contacting various Officers and survivors of other fallen officers so they would hear it before the news. Be assurred we are here for your family , friends, and coworkers.

Ellen Guerdat
Gates Police Victim Assistance Coordinator
VP WNY Concerns Of Police Survivors

Ellen Guerdat
Gates Police Department Victim Assistance/VP WNY COPS

April 25, 2008

Rest in peace Trooper. I am always at a loss for words when I visit this site. My eyes well up when I read about my fellow officers who have lost their lives. You will never be forgotten. Rest easy knowing that you served with honor, dignity and respect and were among the best of the best.
To his family,
May your pain diminsh with time but your smile brighten knowing what a great man David is and always will be.

Sergeant Chris DiToro

April 25, 2008

My thoughts are with all of your loved ones today. I am glad that those that are close to you and love you are keeping your memory alive. You are a true hero and heroes never die. Continue to keep watch over all of your loved ones and those still out on patrol.

Bob Gordon
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

April 25, 2008

Barb and Isabella- you are in our thoughts and prayers everyday and especially today on the first anniversary of Dave's death. God Bless.

The DelNagro Family
NYSP SP Rochester

April 25, 2008

It has been a year, but you are not forgotten and never will be. Your memory is still with me, especially every time I put my uniform on. Time moves on, but memories remain. Your memory will forever be embedded in the minds of all who knew you. Always remembered, never forgotten.

Deputy Sheriff J. Cohen

April 25, 2008

Its been a year since we lost you and I can honestly say, not a day goes by that I dont think about you and how you were taken away from us way too soon. Its been a tough year but just thinking about the good times and that famous Brink Laugh keeps your memory fresh in my mind. Barb, Isabella and the rest of your family are always in our thoughts Rest Easy Brink. We will Always Remember #4531

Deputy J. Alverson
Albany County Sheriff's

April 24, 2008

To The Brinkerhoff family
We think about your family and David everyday. Our thoughts and prayers are always with you.

Love Ross, Tara and boys

The Scholds

April 24, 2008

It is almost a year ago that we lost you. Much has changed in that year. I truely miss your smile and laugh when you came into our shop. You could made me upbeat and could change a bad day into a great day. I wish I could have done that for You, Barb and Izzy. I salute you, #4531


April 11, 2008

It's really easy to forget about good friends when you know they are a couple hours or states away, it's easy to loose touch taking for granted you'll run into them at home around the holidays, but knowing for certain I won't run into you again breaks my heart. I think about you lots and all the stuff we used to do to as kids, and miss you more than ever. I hope your family is pulling through and finds comfort in knowing what a great guy you were your entire life.

high school friend

April 8, 2008

Hey Brother, Mad dog is getting more up to speed. He had surgery not long ago. I hope he will be driving the APC when WE will allow him. If it was up to him he would be driving it yesterday. You and mad dog, It is so hard not having you around to keep us with a smile. I hope they will do right by you and Rich- Barb and Isa are always in my prayers - Miss you bro

g wienckowski

April 4, 2008


Spent most of today listening to old video footage of the day we lost you. While I never knew you, I have had the honor of meeting Barbara, Isabella and Rich. What a wonderful family. I think of you almost daily and hope that Barbara & Isabella have made it through another day.

The memorial stone arrived last week and is in Vermont for the etching. Looks like sometime this Spring we will all be together to honor you once more.

My thoughts & prayers are with your family each and every day.

Always remembering #4531.

Heather Gockel, Organizer
Brinkerhoff Memorial Stone Project

March 6, 2008

Thinking of you, Joe and Mike tonight. Miss you all.

Former MRT

February 13, 2008

We were both honored last night at the " Bridge Dinner" and what a great turnout from NJ,PA & NY Tprs. Always a honor to stand with you at these events. Thanks for looking out from above, not a day goes bye without you in my thoughts bro. always & forever

Tpr Richard Mattson
NYSP Mobile Response Team

February 8, 2008

To Barbara

You are doing the right thing. Never let anyone tell you any different. I admire you and keep you in my prayers. I hope everything works out in the end. God Bless Isabella.

Troopers Wife

February 8, 2008

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