Final Patrol: Edward Kusmierczyk
Sadly, I must inform you of the FINAL PATROL of Brother EDWARD KUSMIERCZYK, former Troop A F/Sgt.. Ed fell a while back and was in the hospital for some time. He made his FINAL PATROL at 0345 on 7/26/2021.
His remains were cremated and are being returned to Buffalo. They will be interred at the Federal Cemetery in Corfu, NY Friday on August 27th. (Time unknown at this time) .There will be a Celebration of Life Memorial Service.
I have notified the F/Sgt. in Batavia and a followup message will be forthcoming when final arrangements have been made.
July 16, 2021 Michael R. Piro, 73, of Minoa passed away after a short illness. He grew up in Solvay and retired as a New York State Trooper. He loved fishing with his beloved brother and he liked to carve. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Nancy; son, Theodore Piro; daughters, Melissa and Jennifer; two step-children, Carol and Frank; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and brother, Christopher (Leona) Piro. For guest book, please visit: www.SCHEPPFAMILY.com
From: Thomas Mungeer
We are going to file litigation in regards to Division’s decision to release unfounded complaints. Steve DeNigris asked me to canvass you to get names of any Troopers whose files were released by Division so we can get our challenge up and running.
Final Patrol: Lee R. Schwarting
Regarding the recent notification from Troop C "Retired Trooper Lee R. Schwarting, who retired 1985, passed away in October 2020, the family was unable to do a service due to COVID. There will be a celebration of life at the August 1st, 2021. Light refreshments, iced tea, coffee and water will be served.
Lee and I bunked together at the state fair in the late '60s. He related that he was stationed at SP Norwich when a small plane crashed into the Norwich station. At the time there was a senior trooper and his new recruit at the station. (I don't recall whether Lee was one of the two, or just heard the story after the fact.) I had read about the incident in The Trooper magazine, but Lee added a few details.
The plane burst into flames, so the senior trooper grabbed the station fire extinguisher and knocked down the flames, but emptied the extinguisher before the fire was out, so he sent the recruit inside to grab all the car keys and he subsequently went through all of the fire extinguishers in the car trunks, but the fire was still not completely out.
The plane had torn down the utility pole and wires in front of the station, so the senior man instructed the recruit to start the emergency generator. (Perhaps to run the station's well pump?) The recruit, who was just beginning his first day in the field, replied "Generator?" The senior trooper scrapped that idea and used a car radio to ask Sidney call the fire department, since the phone lines were out too.
I later talked to a GE radio repair guy from Dimmick's Electronics (later KJBL) who happened to be working on a station console in Troop C when the incident happened, so he heard both sides of the following transmissions: He added a few points Lee had, quite understandably, forgotten.
..... Sidney on Norwich.
NORWICHSIDNEY! APLANEJUSTHITTHE"F"INGSTATION! THETHING'SONFIRE!
......Sidney to Norwich.......................................repeat?
NORWICHSIDNEY! APLANEJUSTHITTHE"F"INGSTATION! THETHING'SONFIRE!
......Sidney to Norwich, would you like us to call the fire department?
After a minute or two:
......Sidney to Norwich. The captain wants to know the tail number of the aircraft.
NORWICHSIDNEY! THE "F"INGTHING'SONFIRE!
(Having been a C Trooper during the twilight days of Communications Tech Sergeant C. H. Carpenter, Shield 528, served 1927 - 1969, I can imagine his reply might have been a totally unemotional "Sidney station test, all zones; KED 891 to 99; last item, Item #2, time 2:55 p.m., Sidney 528")
The Fingerlakes Chapter annual summer picnic will be Saturday August 14, 2021 – 3 PM till. It will be held at the Rush FD Carnival Pavilion – 1971 Rush Mendon Road. Former Troopers & family are invited. You may bring non-member guests if you wish. Only wood picnic tables. You may want to bring a soft chair. The food will be cheese & crackers, chips, shrimp & cocktail sauce, dill & sweet Pickles, pepperoncini peppers, (Meat by Colby’s BBQ) pulled pork, pulled beef, Several type BBQ sauces, rolls, baked beans combo, salt potatoes, fruit salad, beer & pop.
(wine usually brought by a few members) and many deserts brought by members. The cost will be $15 per person. This includes 1 - $3.00 50/50 Ticket.
Troop car vote
The "American Association of State Troopers" (AAST) is holding its 6th Annual National "Best Looking Cruiser" Contest for 2022 calendar. NYSP currently has 5776 votes for our car, currently in 6th place.
You may go to Facebook and AAST or American Association of State Troopers and vote from July 20 - August 3 and vote daily.
Lets put NYSP on the 2022 calendar. It shows all cruisers for all states. Just scroll to the bottom and vote for New York.
These calendars get sent to all 50 states.
Thanks for your VOTE. Michael Doney/State President AFNYST
We will be having our meeting on July 21st after the shoot. The meeting will be about 3pm. If you are staying for the meeting let me know so louie can get enough food. Thanks
Troopers in the news
Connecting with the communities we serve is an important part of our work.
Trooper Carrion-Bryman and Captain Williams (not pictured) went on-air with Reverend Mark Blue, President of the Buffalo NAACP.
We appreciate the invite and chance to talk about a career with the NYSP.
Retired Troop C Zone 3 Inv Ronald Sicina Is At Piedmont Hospital In Atlanta, Georgia, After Just Having A Quadruple Bypass Heart Operation .
Piedmont Atlanta Hospital, Patient Ronald Sicina - Cardiac Unit, 1968 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, Georgia - 30309
From Dan Delmonte:
question for all. Has anyone cancelled our state insurance and opted for a medicare advantage Plan? If anyone has I would like to ask a few questions. Presently I pay 375 a month and it seems like not much coverage. The only benefit is claiming $3000 of the top at tax time. Med advantage has hospitalization, eye glass, dental, prescription and gym membership. If anyone has opted out I would appreciate an email.
Reminder. The shoot is this coming Wednesday July21 starting at 10 am. if you haven't already done so let me know if you are attending.
Final Patrol: Ralph Cardinali
Ralph M. Cardinali, 94, of Frier Lane, Wampsville, passed away on Thursday morning, July 8, 2021, at the Iroquois Nursing Home in Jamesville where he had been a rehabilitation resident since April. He was born on March 29, 1927, in Fulton, the son of Sisto and Rita Cafolla Cardinali. He was a graduate of Fulton High School, Class of 1945. Ralph proudly enlisted and served his country as a member of the United States Army serving during World War II. He saw action in the Pacific Theatre and also saw duty in the Occupation Forces in Japan. On April 30, 1955, Ralph was united in marriage to Barbara S. Stickels in St. Patrick’s Church, Oneida. Ralph enlisted with the New York State Police in 1952. A proud career that spanned for thirty years, retiring in 1982 as the safety officer for Troop D in Oneida. He then went on to work for the New York State Racing and Wagering Board at Vernon Downs for ten years. Ralph was a member of St. Patrick’s Church, the New York State Police Benevolent Association, and the Canastota Lions Club where he received the honor of the Robert J. Uplinger Award in June of 2003 by the NYS Lions. He was an avid vegetable gardener and talented woodworker. He was also a gifted craftsman of stained glass with his wife, Barbara. Ralph adored his cats and loved to read books. He also enjoyed fishing especially with his daughter, Julie. Ralph’s greatest joy in his life was spending time with his beloved granddaughter, Kate. She was the absolute love of his life. Surviving besides his loving wife of sixty-six years, Barbara; are his children, Jeffrey (Tamra) Cardinali, of Oneida, and Julie (Lisa Brackett) Cardinali, of Fayetteville; one granddaughter, Kate Cardinali, of Syracuse; a sister, Sarah C. Fruce, of Fulton; and several nieces and nephews. Ralph was predeceased by four sisters, Anna Cardinali, Ermida Procopio, Gussie Sereno, and Flora Callen. Ralph’s family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to all of his caregivers of the past few years with a special thank you to his daughter-in-law, Lisa Brackett, who was his best advocate and kindest caregiver. His family is eternally grateful.
Fellow NYSPIA Members,
The Special Olympics empowers athletes with intellectual disabilities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy through sports training and to compete in athletic competition. Since my first Law Enforcement Torch Run almost twenty years ago in Massena, I have been supporting the Special Olympics.
For the past two years I have organized Special Olympics events in Orange County. This year I was given an opportunity to raise money for the Special Olympics and at the same time cross something off my bucket list. Please help me get across the donation finish line so I can get to the New York City Marathon starting line.
The link to donate and support this worthy cause is below:
Thank you for your support,
Eric S. Lunser
Patients can seek cancer treatment here
By Keith McShea
NEWS STAFF REPORTER
The Western New York first responders who have battled cancer as a result of their service during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks are now able to seek treatment at the area's authority on the disease.
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center announced Wednesday morning that it has been named a member of the World Trade Center Health Program provider network, a federal program that provides no-cost treatment for certified WTC-related health conditions.
To this point, local 9/11 first responders who required treatment under the federal program needed to travel to New York City.
"Following the Sept. 11 attack thousands of people stepped up, left their homes and families and answered the call to respond to a nation desperately in need," Rep. Brian Higgins said during a ceremony at Roswell Park's Kaminski Park & Gardens. "Now these heroic first responders
right here in Western New York can receive the world-class cancer care they deserve right in their backyard."
Two years ago, the State Police reached out to Roswell Park to see if the cancer center could be included in the program. Roswell Park had to navigate various guidelines of the federal program, which is run through the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Centers for Disease Control, and did so through the Covid-19 pandemic before becoming part of the provider network.
About 3,000 first responders are enrolled in the WTC Health Program provider network and live in the western portion of the state, from Onondaga County on, according to Ashley Snowden, director of physician and corporate relations at Roswell Park. Those who are cancer patients will now have a more convenient travel option than heading to Manhattan's Mount Sinai Hospital, one of the WTC Health Program's centers.
"They helped us; now it's our turn to help them," said Snowden, who was thanked by name by several representatives of first responder agencies and their unions who spoke at Wednesday's ceremony.
Snowden said there were many "challenges" in Roswell Park's path to the network and lauded Sara Randolph, Roswell Park's executive director of Health Plan Partnerships & Value Based Care, for work on the contracts involved.
"The New York State troopers contacted us because they had so many responders who had to travel to New York for care, and it didn't make sense to them and it didn't make sense to us, either," Snowden said.
Mount Sinai collaborated with Roswell Park so it could join the network, Snowden said.
"This is just to provide a more convenient resource and treatment for patients across the state," she said, before quoting one patient, who told her: "Why should I go to New York when I can drive 20 minutes away?"
Snowden noted that some Western New York 9/11 responders require intensive radiation therapy that involves several days of treatment or requires patients not to travel. Those patients have been
treated at Roswell Park, but they did so through their own insurance, which often involves copays. Now those patients can be treated at Roswell Park through the no-cost federal program.
State Sen. Patrick Gallivan, who was the Erie County sheriff in 2001 and led a contingent of statewide deputies to lower Manhattan after the attacks, remembered how Western New York first responders stepped forward at that time.
"Not once did they have to reach out to people and say we need you or you or you, because people from Western New York were standing in line to go help," Gallivan said. "Help is here for those people who sorely need it. It was shameful that they had to travel across the state. ... We should be extremely grateful for those who recognized the efforts of others and wanted to stand up and help them and bring this program here."
Final Patrol: Daniel Burns
Daniel K. “Dan” Burns, 55, of Center Street, Bemus Point, N.Y., passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 4, 2021 at his residence surrounded by his loving family and friends. He fought a courageous battle with cancer, maintaining his strength and glaring sense of humor until the very end.
Dan was born on June 22, 1966, in Jamestown, N.Y., the son of the late James V. and Judith A. Groat Burns.
Dan graduated from Maple Grove Jr.-Sr. High School in 1984. Followed by his pursuit of a degree in Accounting, while playing basketball at Gannon University. He started his law enforcement career with the Jamestown Police Department, later graduating from the New York State Police Academy in 1989.
Dan dedicated his life through selfless service as a New York State Trooper for 28 years, working as an Investigator prior to his retirement in 2017. Following his retirement he worked for National Fire Adjustment.
Dan was a lifetime member of Bemus Point Volunteer Fire Department, Ellery Center VFW Post# 557 and a member of the Vikings Club. He was a founding member and was very involved with the Chautauqua County Child Advocacy Program. He cherished time with friends and family taking countless trips over the years that included snowmobiling, boating, skiing and golfing. He loved helping people, never hesitating to lend a hand to anyone in need. As a midget football coach he had the pleasure of coaching his two sons.
Dan is survived by his wife, Linda Hearburg Burns whom he married on September 11, 2010 at the Hotel Lenhart in Bemus Point, N.Y.; two sons: Kevin Burns (Jenna Lundmark) of Jamestown, N.Y. and Jeffrey (Lauren) Tampe of Rochester, N.Y.; his daughter: Meghan Burns (Colin Brown) of Durham, N.C.; his brother: Tim (Connie) Burns of Dewittville, N.Y.; his sister: Terri (Barry) Oste of Bemus Point, N.Y.; his sister-in-law: Cindy Burns of Bemus Point, N.Y. and several nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends whom he considered family.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Michael Burns and nephew, Patrick Burns.
Final Patrol: Joseph Moore
Joseph P. Moore of Lake Placid, N.Y., formerly of Westport, N.Y., Venice, Fla., and Margaretville, N.Y., passed away peacefully on July 4, 2021. He was born in the Bronx, N.Y., to the late William Q. Moore and Margaret (Sullivan) Moore, Dec. 11, 1936. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary Lou (Decker) Moore of 53 years.
He is survived by his son William (Kristen) Moore of Lake Placid, N.Y., and his daughter Jennifer Moore of Corvallis, Ore., grandchildren Sean, Chelsea, Kalina, and Cecelia. He is survived by his sisters Margaret Moore of Paramus, N.J., Mary Jane (Jerome) Rigoroso of Yonkers, N.Y., and Jeanette Moore of Carlow, Ireland, sisters-in-law, Clorinda Moore of Wadhams, N.Y., Hildegard Moore of Elizabethtown, N.Y., Marie (Harold) Mead of Schenectady, N.Y., Beverly (Lester) Banks of Delhi, N.Y., and brother-in-law, William (Kitty) York of Prescott, Mich.
He is predeceased by brothers Patrick Moore of Ogdensburg, N.Y., and Denis Moore of Wadhams, N.Y., brother-in-law Robert (Rosie) Decker of Palm Bay, Fla., sister-in-law Irene Decker of Margaretville, N.Y., Shirley (Donald) Mead of Margaretville, N.Y., and Betty (Albert) Little of Andes, N.Y.
Joe met the love of his life, Marylou, when he began his New York State Police career in Margaretville, N.Y. They were married for 53 years. During that time, they raised two children. He retired from NYSP as a senior investigator. After retirement, Joe and Marylou were excited to be grandparents. Joe was an avid reader, loved golf, old westerns, and enjoyed hunting camp with friends and family. He had the best of both worlds after retirement, summering in the Adirondacks and Catskills and heading south to Venice, Fla., when the snow came. He loved visiting with friends and family and was always ready with a witty story. He will be truly missed by all.
There are no calling hours at this time. A memorial service will be held in Westport, N.Y., in August 2021.
The M.B. Clark, Inc., Funeral Home in Lake Placid, N.Y., is in charge of arrangements. Relatives and friends are invited to share a memory, upload a photograph or leave condolences at www.mbclarkfuneralhome.com.
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This years shoot will be held on Wednesday July 21 starting at 10am. If you plan on attending let us know by Sunday July 18 as i need a headcount. Thanks
Needed for the shoot are:
Retired ID card
revolver, Auto or both
Holster for weapon
At least 2 mags for autos
50 rounds of factory ammo
Ear and eye protection
Affidavit of qualification
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