Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper David W. Cunniff

New York State Police, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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Reflections for Trooper David W. Cunniff

Rest in peace Trooper Cunniff.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 28, 2020

David will never ever be forgotten; RIP sir.

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

January 29, 2020

John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

September 13, 2018

RIP, Trooper David W. Cunniff, you will never ever be forgotten. May God bless your wife and your two sons. Thank you for your dedicated service to the State of New York, and to the New York State Police.

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

January 31, 2018

Hi I’m Gage I’m currently a CI for the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office Special Services I wanted to sincerely apologize for the loss of this man I may not have known him but it feels like I did trooper David w Cunniff this will not go un heard of and you didn’t deserve this .... RIP my man it’s like losing one of your own

CI special services
Chemung County sherriffs

December 17, 2017

Today I rode 68 miles to honor Trooper Cunniff It was a true privilege to wear a wrist band with his name and EOW date. His service is not forgotten. Prayers lifted up for his family today. Peace to you.

Patti Velky
Pearland, Texas

October 8, 2016

I said a little prayer today for Trooper Cunniff and his family. He may be gone but not forgotten. He will always be a New York hero.

Robyn Wilkes

December 16, 2015


My belated sympathy for the tragic loss your family experienced almost two years ago. I'm convinced that Trooper Cunniff was a great father, husband and son made a profound impact on all who he touched. That impact was most evident when I read that his son Zach nominated his friend Sa’Fyre Terry for a Disney World trip. Both of these young children haveexperienced unspeakable losses. Certainly, Zach's friendship with Sa'Fyre and his incredibly compassionate act serve as testament to his fine upbringing. I know that Trooper Cunniff would be so proud to see the fine young man his son has become.....


December 15, 2015

To the Cunniff family, We continue to pray for you. With our love, Matt and Teresa and kids.

PFC Matthew Gallagher
Dorchester County Detention Center

June 8, 2015

A brother on the job but a loved and missed son in law.

Det Paul Hobson
Niskayuna PD

April 14, 2015

Rest in peace brother and thank you for your service. As you join our brothers and sisters in the hall of heroes, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Vires et Honorem

Ptlm Frank Kapusta
Mohawk PD

May 6, 2014

Dear Cunniff Family...First...I want to offer my most heartfelt condolences...and deepest sympathy to each of you…in the loss of your…Son…Husband…Father…as well as to your extended family…and members of the NYS Police.

I just came across the article on your loved one's loss...and it touched me for many reasons.

I lost my NYS Trooper brother on the Thruway…many years ago ...and then my son…who was named for my brother…and would have been 45 on Dec. 17, 2013…was tragically killed in 2006…in a very unnecessary incident…that has our family’s devastation.

I mention the above…because our loss was also an automobile accident...while my brother was serving and protecting…and also involved an embankment…and your loved one’s eow …is also my son’s birthday…so I want you to know...I will remember Trooper Cunniff’s ultimate sacrifice…as he too served and protected…and from now on…along with my brother …and my son…Trooper Cunniff will remain in my prayers. He will not be forgotten.

May God sustain you in your grieving…and remember...It’s the character that’s the strongest…that God gives the most challenges to…so lean into your cross…lest you fall under its burden.

God Bless your family…and may Trooper David W. Cunniff…Rest Peacefully…in His Perpetual Light.


Anita L. Culosi
sister of NYS Tpr. Salvatore J. Embarrato eow 7/6/61

May 3, 2014

On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when David was killed.

To David's family, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Trooper Cunniff gave to his community and the citizens of New York, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on December 17, 2013.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

April 2, 2014

Dave, I would give anything to have you back at the station for just one day. You are dearly missed by all of us. You can rest easy knowing we will watch over your family and make sure your boys know how loved and well respected you were. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten. RIP 5128.


January 31, 2014

Trooper Cunniff,

Your actions touched the lives of people in ways you never imagined. There are no words that we can say that will assuage the pain felt by those whom loved you. With your passing we are all lessened. We know the sacrifices you made as a member of the law enforcement community. Rest in peace my brother...

Peter Scheets, Chief of Police
Retired Texas Peace Officer

December 31, 2013

R.I.P., my brother in blue. Your work to service and protect those of us down here is done. I am sure your up there watching over all of us down here. To your family and friends, may the Lord carry you through these days ahead and help to heal your broken hearts.

Det. G. Gutierrez #3130
Fort Worth Police Department

December 31, 2013

Rest in peace brother and thank you for your service. As you join our brothers and sisters in the hall of heroes, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Vires et Honorem

Ptlm F J Kapusta
Mohawk Police Department

December 30, 2013

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Trooper Cunniff. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at New York State Police.

Postal Inspector Scott Horne
US Postal Inspection Service

December 30, 2013

Trooper Cunniff,

I know you will rest well in the arms of God.

To Your Family,

Feel His presence as God answers the prayers of many who have fallen to their knees on your behalf. Since the day of my son's death, I have carried every law enforcement officer and their family in my heart.

Every morning I go to my knees. During that time I pray, “Lord, Be with all law enforcement officers. Keep them safe and free from harm. They are Your soldiers on the front line of the battle against evil. If one should fall this day - wrap their family in your loving arms. Surround them with Your angels, loving family, friends, neighbors and caring people to comfort them. Ease their pain. Help them to mourn well. In Jesus' name and for Your Glory, Amen.”

I have lifted you and your family to God every morning for over two years. Feel those prayers. God is with you, He knows and will ease your pain.

Pamela Hotsinpiller
Mother of
Deputy United States Marshal
Derek W. Hotsinpiller
EOW 2-16-2011

December 29, 2013

To the family of Trooper David Cunniff, friends,
Superintendent Joseph D'Amico and the New York State Police.
You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort and hold you close now and always. John 15;13

Patrolman A. S. (Scott) Batson
Cherry Police Department

December 28, 2013

RIP my Fellow Brother in Blue. My Prayers go to your Family, Friends, and, Co-Workers.

Retired Detective Don Vine #5896
Phoenix Police Department

December 28, 2013

May the good Lord comfort his wife and two little boys. Rest in peace brother.

R.C. Taylor, Sr. Police Officer
Houston P.D.

December 27, 2013

Rest In Peace Sir!!! My deepest condolences go out to Trooper Cunniff's family and freinds as well as the entire New York State Police Department. Another hero gone but never forgotten...

Deputy Michael Matranga
Orange County Sheriff's Department
Regional Traffic Bureau

December 24, 2013

God's peace and speed Trooper Cunniff. Thank you for your brave, dedicated service. RIP brother.

P/O R. Popelka #7903
Chicago P.D.

December 24, 2013

Trooper Cunniff, thank you for your service. May God embrace you through eternity for your honorable service to the State of New York, but mostly for the kind of person and father you were. There is a special place in heaven for you. I feel a connection with you and the New York State Police, as I was a member of the 2010, Henry Williams Investigators class. I am also retired from Miami-Dade Police and currently work in another company with my bosses being retired NYSP Troopers. I encourge all current and retired officers to donate to your cause of curing Spinal Muscular Atrophy, suffered by your young son, as I did. Godspeed Trooper Cunniff.

Homicide Investigator John Butchko
Miami-dade P.D. (Retired)

December 23, 2013

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