Brinkerhoff memorial dedication Sunday
A memorial dedication ceremony in honor of the late New York State Trooper David C. Brinkerhoff will be held on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Town of Middletown Town Hall at 42339 State Highway in Margaretville. Trooper Brinkerhoff was killed in the line of duty on April 25, 2007 in a gun battle with fugitive Travis Trim during which Trim and Trooper Brinkerhoff both lost their lives and another trooper, David Mattson, was seriously wounded.
The shootout took place in a farmhouse just off Route 30 north of the Village of Margaretville where Trim had holed up one day after Trim shot another trooper in the parking lot of the Sunoco Country Store on Main Street in Margaretville. That trooper, Matthew Gombosi, was saved from serious injury by the armored vest he was wearing, but the incident set off a massive manhunt which led to the fatal confrontation in the farmhouse.
In honor of Trooper Brinkerhoff’s sacrifice, a permanent granite memorial has been erected at the Middletown Town Hall and will be unveiled Sunday. Additionally, a stretch of New York State Route 30, from Margaretville north to county Route 38, has been dedicated to the trooper, who left a wife and infant daughter, and will be called the Trooper David Brinkerhoff Memorial Highway. Previously New York State Senator John Bonacic said, “Designating this highway is not only a token of our appreciation, it will serve as a reminder to us all, of the selfless act of heroism and courage Trooper Brinkerhoff has shown. This designation in his honor will help to keep his memory alive.”
Prattsville resident Heather Gockel, a daughter of Town of Middletown Justice Glen George, himself a retired New York State Trooper, chaired a committee of private citizens and state troopers that raised the funds to purchase the jet-black granite stone from India. The market price of the memorial stone, which stands five feet tall and stretches two and-a-half- feet wide, is estimated to be between $12,000 and $15,000. The Middletown Town Board approved locating the memorial at the town hall in the late spring.
For more information on the memorial dedication please Contact Heather Gockel at 750-9498.