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Retired Trooper Jim Simpson hospitalized following brain aneurysm

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WK TV) - Retired New York State Trooper Jim Simpson is in University Hospital after suffering a brain aneurysm, according to his colleagues at the State Police.

Simpson was listed in serious condition on Monday, according to hospital officials.

Simpson was the public information officer locally, assigned to Troop D, for many years. He retired just over a year ago in May 2011 after nearly 33 years of service.

He played a big role as police spokesperson during the case of the disappearance of Sara Anne Wood in 1993.

Even bigger than his police duties, Trooper Simpson played a large part in the Central New York Community in leadership roles of America's Greatest Heart Run & Walk and the Ride For Missing Children. Many credit him with transforming the Heart Run & Walk from an annual fun run to the large-scale fundraiser it is today.

He was recently seen publicly at the Ride For Missing Children event on May 19. It was the Ride in 2011 that was Simpson's final assignment while on State Police duty.

Simpson's colleagues, both at the State Police and in the media, say they are praying for his recovery.

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