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Troopers honor fallen members at Memorial service

Members of Troop B in Ray Brook salute during the flag ceremony as part of the NYSP Memorial Day service May 22.

Members of Troop B in Ray Brook salute during the flag ceremony as part of the NYSP Memorial Day service May 22. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Troopers past and present assembled at the Troop B headquarters in Ray Brook May 22 for the annual Troop B Memorial ceremony.

“Let us pause for a brief moment to remember our members and pay tribute to their service,” Troop B Commander Rick Smith said. “So many have given their all and each of our fallen hero’s sacrifices must be remembered.”

The Troop honored Trooper Peter J. Formosa, who served as a member before being killed in military service Jan. 13, 1943.

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John D. Odell. President of the Association of Former New York State Troopers, and Troop B Commander Rick Smith set the wreath to honor members of the New York State Police who died in service during the annual Troop B Memorial Service May 22 in Ray Brook.

According to the NYSP Wall of Honor, Formosa died as a result of a military auto accident at Hempstead. At the time, Trooper Formosa was assigned to the U.S. Army, 826th Guard Squadron, Mitchell Field, Long Island. Trooper Formosa was a two-year veteran of the State Police, having joined on July 1, 1940 and having been stationed in Malone.

Plattsburgh Memorials donated the stone and engraving that was placed in the Memorial Garden, across from the main entrance to the Troop B headquarters.

In all, 13 members of Troop B have died in the service of state or country, the most recent being Shawn W. Snow on Aug. 3, 2008. The ceremony to honor these members of “the long, gray line” started in 2001.

Smith also took time to honor those retirees who had served in the troop, some being in attendance.

“The honor and integrity this troop were perpetuated by those who served before us,” he said. “Thank you for your service.”

Cliff Donaldson, representing the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, read a letter to the Troop.

“Time and again the governor has recognized this troop for the duties they have performed in such disasters as Tropical Storm Irene and wind storms,” Donaldson said before the reading. “You have always been there.”

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