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Three years after car crash while on duty, NY Trooper dies from injuries

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Joseph Gallagher (Source: NY State Police)


Eduardo Medina

Times Union, Albany, N.Y.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo ordered that flags be flown at half-staff for State Trooper Joseph Gallagher, who died Friday, three years after he was struck by a vehicle while on duty.

Gallagher was a member of the State Police since 2014. Throughout his career, he was assigned to Troop F ( Middletown), Troop T (Thruway) and SP Brentwood ( Long Island).

On Dec. 18, 2017, Gallagher was assisting a disabled motorist on the overpass from the westbound Long Island Expressway to southbound Sagtikos Parkway. As Gallagher assisted the motorist, a vehicle struck him, State Police said.

“Trooper Gallagher is a hero to all New Yorkers — he dedicated his life to public service and worked to keep us safe,” Cuomo said. “His tragic passing is a reminder of the selfless actions so many brave first responders take each day. We will never forget him, and to honor his memory, I am directing flags be flown at half-staff to honor his memory.”

Flags will be at half-staff beginning Sunday, Cuomo said.

Gallagher is survived by his wife, two children, parents, sister and brothers.

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