New York State Trooper Jeremy VanNostrand was laid to rest Monday.
The funeral, attended by hundreds of troopers and other members of law enforcement, in addition to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was held at St. Gabriel’s Roman Catholic Church.
The trooper, 36, was the victim of a tragic crash this past week, claiming his life just as he was headed into work for another day serving and protecting his community.
VanNostrand joined the state police in 2012 and served as a corrections officer before that. He was a state trooper in Middletown and Liberty, Granville, and then most recently in Fonda.
VanNostrand leaves behind his wife and daughter, parents and siblings.
His colleagues recognized his dedicated service to his community during services Monday.
"Jeremy dedicated his life to public service knowing what the dangers were, and yet, did those every day,” said New York State Police Superintendent George Beach. “Being a corrections officer is challenging position, and of course, we know the dangers a state trooper faces every single day when they’re out there. He choose to do that. He choose to do that voluntarily."
The State Police Superintendent announced Monday that VanNostrand would be posthumously promoted to the rank of sergeant.
His Rotterdam neighborhood paid tribute this past week, with people turning the lights on their homes blue in VanNostrand's honor.
Governor Andrew Cuomo directed flags on all state government buildings be flown at half-staff.
Donations to VanNostrand's family can be made through the State Police Signal 30 Fund.