SARATOGA, N.Y. — For the second time this year, a local New York State trooper has passed away from an illness related to his service following the September 11th terror attacks. Charles Salaway was a family man whose wife and children shared his passion for public service.
“Chuck was an amazing guy, he always had a smile for everybody, he was always helpful," said Richard Castle, Saratoga County Undersheriff.
Rising to the rank of station commander in Wilton, Sgt. Charles Salaway devoted the last 27 years of his life to the New York State Police.
“He was a trooper’s sergeant, meaning he really looked out for his guys and made sure they were safe," said Maj. Robert Patnaude, NYSP Troop G Commander.
His devotion to protecting his community is shared by many of those closest to him. His wife and son are both deputies at the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office.
“One if his daughters also works for the county. He raised amazing children who are following in his footsteps in public service," Castle said.
Just 55, Salaway passed away on Saturday after a long illness caused by his time spent at the World Trade Center following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
“He’d been battling cancer, 9/11 related cancer, for quite some time now," Patnaude said. "He was forced to retire back in October because he was just too sick to work.”
Following the death of Trooper Michael Anson in January, Salaway is the second member of Troop G to die from a 9/11 related illness this year and the third overall.
“I don’t think it was given enough thought. I think they knew that the dust would be harmful and they were giving masks out but they weren’t protective enough,” Patnaude said.
“Our job is to go in when called and it is very unfortunate that so many people are now continuing to suffer from their selfless acts of heroism at the time,” Castle said.
A family man and near-lifelong public servant, many of his former colleagues will remember Salaway best for his sacrifice.
“A lot of people paid the price at the time and it is still going on and we cannot forget those who are suffering like Chuck did and will continue to suffer for many years to come," Castle said.