It is with deep regret that Major Richard J. O’Brien, Troop G Commander, announces the death of retired member, Investigator Richard L. Butterfield, at the age of 77, on May 16, 2022. Inv Butterfield entered Division service on 02/16/70 serving 32 years retiring in 2002. Investigator Butterfield re-entered Division service on 12/18/03 as a “Special Investigator” until 2005. He served in Troop G and Troop H with assignments in SCUBA, K-9 as well special assignments within the BCI. His last assignment prior to his service retirement was in CNET. Investigator Butterfield’s career in law enforcement spanned a total of 50 years, last working with the Warren County Sheriff’s Department as a boat patrol operator and undercover investigator. He also served his country in the United States Army from 1963 to 1970 and the New York Army National Guard from 1970 to 1995. While serving the U.S. Army in Vietnam, he was part of the 11th Pathfinders 1st Cavalry Division from 1965 to 1966 as a Second Lieutenant. After being wounded he was promoted to Captain and was the company commander of E company 2nd Battalion 506 Infantry 101st Airborne. He retired from the New York Army National Guard with the rank of Brigadier General.
Funeral Arrangements are forthcoming.
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