Timothy P. Pratt
New State Police
End of Watch: Wed., Oct. 26, 2016
Trooper Timothy Pratt was struck and killed by a vehicle while assisting a lost motorist on the 300 block of Ballard Road in Wilton, New York, at approximately 6:15 am.
He was just beginning his shift when he observed a tractor trailer parked in the center turn lane in front of the State Police barracks. After speaking to the driver and providing him directions, Trooper Pratt stepped off the cab of the truck. As he stepped onto the roadway he was struck by an oncoming vehicle.
Trooper Pratt was transported to a local hospital before being flown to Albany Medical Center Hospital. He succumbed to his injuries approximately three hours after being struck.
Trooper Pratt had served with the New York State Police for 29 years. He is survived by his daughter, two sons, and fiancee.
Sergeant Kerry Winters
Ulster County Sheriff's Office
End of Watch: Thu., Sept. 22, 2016
Sergeant Kerry Winters drowned while conducting a training dive with the Ulster County Sheriff's Office's In-Water Rescue Team in Ashokan Reservoir at approximately 12:30 pm.
He became separated from his two dive partners during the dive. He was found unresponsive a short time later and brought to the surface where other deputies performed CPR and utilized an AED. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Sergeant Winters had served with the Ulster County Sheriff's Office for 31 years and was assigned to the Corrections Division. He is survived by his wife and two children.
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