Memorial and highway markers honor slain trooper
By Julia Green
Beneath an American flag flying at half-mast and a solemn gathering of his fellow state troopers, family members and friends, a dedication ceremony was held Sunday afternoon unveiling a memorial to slain New York State Trooper David C. Brinkerhoff, who was shot to death in the line of duty in Margaretville last April.
The memorial, a five-foot tall jet-black granite stone from India, features Brinkerhoff’s likeness as well as a passage about his life and the events that led to his death. It is located in front of the Middletown Town Hall building on Route 28.
In addition to Brinkerhoff’s family and a number of New York State Troopers and other law enforcement representatives, those in attendance included Margaretville Mayor Bill Stanton, Middletown Town Supervisor Len Utter, Assemblyman Clifford Crouch, Troop “C” Commander Kevin Molinari and New York State Police Superintendent Harry J. Corbitt. The invocation and benediction were given by Pastor Robert Engelhardt.
Heather Gockel, who played a large part in making the memorial a reality, offered welcome comments to start the ceremony and a duo of New York State Police bagpipers accompanied by a drummer played “Amazing Grace” and the traditional bagpipe tune “Scotland the Brave.”
Following the dedication ceremony in which Brinkerhoff’s actions were lauded and his life remembered, guests were invited to lay the yellow roses they had been given at the memorial’s base.
In addition to the stone memorial, a section of Route 30 going north from Margaretville was also christened the “New York State Trooper David C. Brinkerhoff Memorial Highway.” Signs designating it as such were erected last week and were also unveiled on Sunday.