SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- On the day he was laid to rest, the state trooper killed in a car crash was also posthumously promoted to the rank of sergeant.
Sergeant Jeremy VanNostrand was on his way to work when his car was hit by a box truck and pushed into oncoming traffic. He was turning into the barracks in Fonda when it happened.
The state police superintendent spoke at his funeral Monday, saying VanNostrand loved his job and was good at it.
More than 1,000 police officers from across the state and six other states were in attendance for his service.
“Obviously the loss of Trooper VanNostrand is a terrible event to the state police, a terrible event for the community, especially his family. What you see in front of you today is a tremendous tribute to his life and to his service as a public servant,” said New York State Police Superintendent George Beach.
VanNostrand was with state police for six years, and before that, a corrections officer for eight years.
Governor Cuomo was in attendance at his funeral, as well,