2013 Fallen Troopers

Trooper Paul Butterfield

Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield died in the line of duty September 9, 2013. Trooper Butterfield was shot during a traffic stop in Mason County just before 6:30 p.m. A passing motorist called 911, and Butterfield was airlifted to a local hospital, where he died during emergency surgery.

Tpr. Butterfield, 43, joined the Michigan State Polcie in 1999. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and was the son of D/Sgt. Paul T. Butterfield, a retired member of the MSP. He is survived by his financee.

 

 

Trooper David W. Cunniff

Tpr. David W. Cunniff, 35, of the New York State Police died Dec. 17, 2013, following a motor vehicle accident that occurred the night before.

Shortly after 8 p.m. on December 16, Cunniff was conducting a traffic stop on I-90 in Amsterdam when he was struck by a tractor-trailer that drove off the roadway for an unknown reason, striking the two vehicles at the traffic stop. Cunniff was in his patrol car at the time with emergency lights activated. The impact forced his patrol car off the right shoulder, partially ejecting him from the vehicle. Cunniff was airlifted to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries the next afternoon.

A 9-year veteran of the NYSP, Cunniff worked in Troops B and G and was a member of the then-Executive Services Detail at the New York State Capitol. He was assigned to Troop T in February of 2009. He is survived by his wife and two sons, ages 6 and 4.

 


Officer Tim Huffman

Arizona Highway Patrol Officer Tim Huffman died in the line of duty on Monday, May 6, 2013. Officer Huffman was killed when his patrol car was struck by a tractor-trailer on I-8 near Dateland. He and other officers were attempting to shut down a lane of traffic while investigating an earlier accident. Officer Huffman was sitting in his patrol car writing a report as another officer attempted to shut down a lane of traffic to clear a lane for fire department vehicles. The tractor trailer failed to yield the officer who was waving traffic over and struck the back of Officer Huffman's patrol car at full speed, pushing it into two other patrol cars, a fire department vehicle and a civilian vehicle. Officer Huffman succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

Officer Huffman, 47, was a member of the Arizona Army National Guard and had served with the Arizona Highway Patrol for 14 years. He is survived by three siblings.

 


Sergeant John LaRose

Pennsylvania State Police Sergeant John LaRose died in the line of duty on Monday, July 1, 2013. Sergeant LaRose was killed in a vehicle crash when his patrol car collided with another vehicle in Lumber Township. He was travelling on a curved portion of roadway when his vehicle lost traction due to wet conditions. The vehicle crossed the center line and struck an oncoming car. Sergeant LaRose was killed in the crash and the two occupants of the other vehicle were injured.

Sergeant LaRose, 50, was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the Pennsylvania State Police for 23 years where he served as station commander of the Emporium barracks. He is survived by his wife and four children.

 

 

Trooper Winston Martindale

New York State Police Trooper Winston Martindale died in the line of duty on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Trooper Winston Martindale succumbed to injuries sustained on May 9, 2011, after responding to the scene of a plane crash in Wawayanda, New York. He was one of the first responding units to a crash involving two small planes that had collided. During the response he fell on a piece of equipment and suffered internal injuries and internal bleeding. Despite the injuries, he continued his efforts to free the two pilots from the wreckage. Several hours later it was determined that he had suffered severe injuries. He underwent several surgeries over the following two years but succumbed as a result of the injuries and complications.

Trooper Martindale, 40, was a U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom. He had served with the New York State Police for seven years and was assigned to Troop F. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, parents, sister, and brother.

 

 

Trooper Sean O'Connell

Washington State Patrol Trooper Sean O'Connell died in the line of duty on Friday, May 31, 2013. Trooper O'Connell was killed when his motorcycle was struck by another vehicle as he controlled traffic in Conway, Washington. He was struck near the intersection of Fir Island Road and Main Street and knocked to the ground. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Trooper O'Connell, 38, was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Washington State Patrol for 16 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.

 

 

Trooper Ross M. Riley

Tpr. Ross M. Riley, 44, of the New York State Police was killed Nov. 20, 2013, during a training exercise. Riley, a member of the Special Operations Response Team, succumbed to injuries sustained during a fall while participating in training drills at Letchworth State Park in Wyoming County. During high angle rescue training, Riley fell from a ledge approximately 30 feet into Wolf Creek. He was transported to a local hospital, where he died.

A 17-year veteran of the NYSP, he is survived by his wife, New York State Police Station Commander Heidi Riley, and their three daughters, ages 10, 8, and 3.

 

 

 

Trooper James Sauter

Illinois State Police Trooper James Sauter died in the line of duty on Friday, March 29, 2013. Trooper Sauter was killed when a semi-trailer truck struck his cruiser on Interstate 294. Trooper Sauter was stopped in the left shoulder of the south-bound lanes when the semi rear-ended his cruiser, causing both vehicles to burst into flames. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Trooper Sauter, 28, had served with the Illinois State Police for five years. He is survived by his wife and family.

 

 


Trooper Michael Slagle

Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Michael Slagle died in the line of duty on Friday, January 25, 2013. Trooper Slagle died following a vehicle crash in Knox County. His patrol car slid off the roadway after striking a patch of ice. Despite being stuck in his vehicle, he was able to notify dispatchers of the crash and rescue crews were sent to the scene. A responding fire truck slid on the same patch of ice and flipped over on top of his patrol car while he was still inside. At some point during the incident Trooper Slagle suffered a fatal heart attack.

Trooper Slagle, 53, had served with the Tennessee Highway Patrol for 28 years. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, and a son.

 

 

 



Trooper Tage Toll

Alaska State Trooper Tage Toll died in the line of duty on Saturday, March 30, 2013. Trooper Toll was killed in a helicopter crash during a search and rescue mission near Talkeetna, Alaska. Trooper Toll had been picked up by the Alaska State Troopers' Helo-1 to assist in searching for a missing snowmachiner near Larson Lake. They located the subject and were able to bring him aboard the helicopter. The helicopter was en route to Sunshine Tesoro to meet with medics when troopers lost radio contact with it. The wreckage was located the following morning after a massive search. Trooper Toll, civilian pilot Mel Nading, and the snowmachiner were all killed in the crash.

Trooper Toll, 40, had served with the Alaska State Troopers for 10 years and had previously served with the Kansas Highway Patrol.

 

 

 



Master Trooper Junius A. Walker

Virginia State Police Master Trooper Junius A. Walker died in the line of duty on Thursday, March 7, 2013. Trooper Walker was shot and killed after stopping for what he believed to be a disabled vehicle on southbound Interstate 85 when a subject exited the vehicle and opened fire on Trooper Walker as he sat in his patrol car. Walker returned fire and called for assistance. Another trooper responded and exchanged shots with the subject, who fled into the adjacent woods. The man was apprehended a short time later and subsequently charged with capital murder of a police officer, attempted capital murder of a police officer, and several weapons charges. Trooper Walker succumbed to his wounds at the scene.

Trooper Walker, 63, had served with the Virginia State Police for 40 years. He is survived by his wife and two adult children.