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NYS trooper dies three years after he was struck by vehicle while on duty

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Posted at 12:49 PM, Mar 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-29 17:31:38-04

NEW YORK (WKBW) — A New York State trooper who was struck by a vehicle while on duty in December 2017 died Friday, March 26.

Acting Superintendent Kevin P. Bruen made the announcement Saturday.

On December 18, 2017 Trooper Joseph Gallagher was assisting a disabled motorist on the on the overpass from the westbound Long Island Expressway to southbound Sagtikos Parkway when he was struck by a vehicle.

Trooper Gallagher was born in South Buffalo and went to Bishop Timon High School. He joined the state police in 2014 was previously assigned to Troop F and Troop T and was last assigned to SP Brentwood. He is survived by his wife, two children, parents, sister and brothers.

Gallagher's death occurred the same day NYSP suffered another loss 10 years ago. Trooper Kevin Dobson was killed March 26, 2011 on the 290 in the Town of Tonawanda. Dobson was conducting a traffic stop when he was struck and killed by a vehicle.

NYSP honored Dobson Friday.

Saturday afternoon New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered flags on state government buildings to be flown at half-staff in honor of trooper Gallagher.

Trooper Gallagher is a hero to all New Yorkers — he dedicated his life to public service and worked to keep us safe," Governor Cuomo said. "His tragic passing is a reminder of the selfless actions so many brave first responders take each day. We will never forget him, and to honor his memory, I am directing flags be flown at half-staff to honor his memory.
- Governor Cuomo

NYSP announced Monday visitation for Trooper Gallagher will be held Wednesday in Long Island. A second visitation will be held on April 6 in Orchard Park. The funeral service will be held April 7 at 10:30 a.m. in Buffalo at OLV National Shrine & Basilica.