Flags are flying at half-staff, and calling hours have been announced, for the New York State trooper who died Tuesday on his way to work.
Trooper Jeremy VanNostrand's calling hours are from 1-5 p.m. Sunday at Mayfield Junior/Senior High School, with the funeral Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Gabriel the Archangel Church in Schenectady.
VanNostrand, 36, died at Albany Medical Center following a crash at approximately 7:45 a.m. Tuesday. Police said VanNostrand was waiting to turn into the Fonda station on State Route 5S when his car was rear-ended by a box truck and pushed into oncoming traffic, where his car was then hit by a pickup truck.
He was transported to Albany Medical Center and later died of his injuries. The driver of the truck that rear-ended VanNostrand's car was uninjured; the driver of the pickup truck was transported to St. Mary's Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.
NYSP Superintendent George Beach says VanNostrand was from Schenectady County, but began his state police career at Troop F working out of Middletown and Liberty before moving up to Troop G.
He was assigned to the Fonda barracks, according to police, and served as a corrections officer before joining the NYSP.
Commander Robert Patnaude called VanNostrand the kind of trooper his staff and the public wanted out on the road.
Because VanNostrand was on his way to work, his death is considered an on-duty death by the NYSP. He leaves behind a wife and daughter.
The investigation into what led to the crash is still ongoing. State police say no tickets have been issued.
"Trooper VanNostrand, who served as a member of the New York State Police for six years, dedicated his life to protecting New Yorkers," read a statement from Governor Andrew Cuomo. "His legacy of service, as a State Corrections Officer and then as a member of the New York State Police, was an inspiration to us all, and his example will live on for generations to come."
People shaken by this tragedy are trying to raise funds for the family. The State Troopers Benevolent Association set up an account, through the union's Signal 30 fund, in VanNostrand's name.
The president of the association says the more help, the better. Anyone wishing to donate can visit Signal30.org, where the organization says all donations will go to the family.
State Police say no tickets have been issued, but the cause of the crash remains under investigation.