Resolution J2757-2013

Mourning the tragic and untimely death of New York State Trooper David W. Cunniff



  • Jan 14, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Jan 9, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  mourning  the  tragic and untimely death of New
York State Trooper David W. Cunniff on Tuesday, December 17, 2013

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to convey its grateful
appreciation and heartfelt regret in recognition of the loss of a coura-
geous police officer who dedicated his purposeful  life  and  career  in
faithful service to his family, community and the New York State Police;
  WHEREAS,  It  is  with  profound  sadness  that  this Legislative Body
records the passing of 35 year-old  New  York  State  Trooper  David  W.
Cunniff,  of  Princetown,  New  York, who made the ultimate sacrifice on
Tuesday, December 17, 2013, while faithfully executing his  responsibil-
ities, serving the people of New York State with dedication, loyalty and
compassion,  and who devoted his purposeful life and career to serve and
protect; and
  WHEREAS, Born in Schenectady, New  York,  David  W.  Cunniff  attended
Schenectady  Christian  School;  he was home schooled during high school
and graduated from  the  Bryant  &  Stratton  Business  Entrepreneurship
Program; and
  WHEREAS,  A  2004 graduate of the New York State Police Academy, David
W. Cunniff was proud to be a Trooper and shared  his  remarkable  people
skills in every encounter; and
  WHEREAS,  Along  with his soul mate and beloved wife of 14 years, Amy,
together they were chapter leaders for Spinal  Muscular  Atrophy  (SMA),
raising money for treatment and cure after their son Caleb was diagnosed
with  this  degenerative  neuro-muscular  disease  in 2009; Dave and Amy
worked diligently to advocate for those in need in  the  SMA  community;
  WHEREAS,  Trooper  David  W.  Cunniff  was  a talented musician and an
active member of the worship team at Grace Fellowship, Latham, New York;
he played the electric guitar among numerous other instruments;  he  was
also an outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting; and
  WHEREAS,  Trooper  David W. Cunniff, a Trooper for nine years was most
recently assigned to Troop T's Fonda-Fultonville barracks; previously he
worked in Troop B and Troop  G,  and  was  a  member  of  the  Executive
Services Detail at the New York State Capitol, Albany, New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Along  with his beloved wife, Amy, and their sons, Caleb, 6,
and Zachary, 4, Trooper David W. Cunniff is  survived  by  his  parents,
Kenneth  D.  and  Deborah Lanphear Cunniff; sisters and brothers-in-law,
Lynn and John G. Nuzback, Sarah and Matthew Reinemann, and Christine and
Shaun McDonald; his grandmother, Beverly Lanphear; father and mother-in-
law, Paul and Linda Hobson; and several aunts, uncles,  cousins,  nieces
and  nephews;  as  well  as  many friends and associates at the New York
State Police; and
  WHEREAS, Trooper David W. Cunniff lived his life  with  great  dignity
and  genuine  grace,  always demonstrating a deep and continuing concern
for the welfare of others in the great State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, Armed with a  humanistic  spirit,  imbued  with  a  sense  of
compassion,  and  comforted by a loving family, Trooper David W. Cunniff
leaves behind a legacy which will long endure the passage  of  time  and
will  remain  as a comforting memory to all he served and befriended; he
will be deeply missed and truly merits  the  grateful  tribute  of  this
Legislative Body; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the untimely death of New York State  Trooper  David  W.  Cunniff,
noting  the  significance of his contributions on behalf of the citizens

of this noble Empire State, and expressing its  deepest  condolences  to
his family; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Trooper David W. Cunniff.


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