Trooper James A. Kelly, Jr. was killed by a drunk driver in a traffic accident on August 8, 1980 on Route 9W in the Town of Highlands. He was 31 years old. Trooper Kelly served in the U.S. Navy before joining the New York City Police Department where he worked in the 40th precinct for four (4) years prior to joining the State Police in September 1977. He was assigned to the Newburgh barracks at the time of his death.
TRUSCOTT M. KELLY
MAY 31, 2000
Trooper Truscott M. Kelly was tragically killed when the State Police vehicle he was driving was struck by another vehicle. The accident occurred on State Route 28 in the Town of Hurley, Ulster County. Trooper Kelly was a 22-year veteran of the State Police who had been assigned to the Kingston station for his entire career. He epitomized the term community policing. Trooper Kelly was an avid runner and cyclist. He had been, for a number of years, the coordinator of the Police Torch Run for the Special Olympics in Ulster County.
KENNETH A. POORMON
MAY 31, 2000
Trooper Kenneth A. Poormon was tragically killed alongside Trooper T. Michael Kelly as they rode together, and were killed in the same accident on State Route 28 in the Town of Hurley, Ulster County. Trooper Poormon served one year with the State Police. He was 23 years old. He graduated at the top of his Academy class in November 1999 and he trained in Troop E. In March 2000 he was transferred to Troop F and assigned to SP Kingston.
JOHN J. McKENNA IV
AUGUST 16, 2006
On August 16, 2006 Trooper John J. McKenna IV was serving as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps with the 2nd Battalion, Fox Company Marines on patrol in Iraq in search of insurgent terrorists. His patrol came under sniper fire which felled Lance Corporal Michael Glover. In the midst of the ensuing firefight, Captain McKenna heroically ran to the aid of his fellow Marine. Captain McKenna was fatally shot while engaged in this effort. At the time of his death USMC Captain McKenna was a Trooper assigned to the Kingston Barracks, Troop F. He was a dedicated member of the New York State Police since Feb. 14, 2005.