New York State Police unveil memorial to honor fallen troopers

FONDA, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The New York State Police at Fultonville will be unveiling a memorial for Trooper David Cunniff and Sergeant Stanley Bunner on Friday.

Trooper Cunniff and Sergeant Bunner were stationed at State Police Fultonville when they were killed in the line of duty.

35-year-old Trooper Cunniff of Duanesburg was killed during a traffic stop in December 2013. He was a nine year veteran of the New York State Police and a trooper for Troop T. He died from injuries sustained when a tractor trailer slammed into his patrol car. The crash occurred while the trooper had stopped a car for speeding at the Amsterdam exit on the Thruway.

Cunniff’s wife Amy says that although it’s been almost two years,”Everyday is hard without Dave.”

The couple’s two sons have also been greatly impacted by the loss of their father. Amy said,”There’s definitely not as much laughter. I try but I’m told I don’t do the voices as good as daddy, and I don’t light saber battle as good as daddy. It’s just everything.”

Amy says her family has received an outpouring of support from the community, especially Trooper William Claus who worked closely with Cunniff.

At Friday’s event Trooper Claus said Dave would have never expected all this support, “If he was here right now, he would probably be upset that we wasted all this time and fuss on him because he was never that way. That’s why we wanted to do this so badly because he was a good guy and this would not be something he would expect.”

Stacey Putman, son of Trooper Bunner, shares Amy’s gratitude for local law enforcement.

Sergeant Bunner was killed in a one-car crash in June of 1965.

Stacey said, “The brotherhood that they have, how they stick together. They honor a fallen member that they didn’t even know.”

A monument will be unveiled in their honor at 10:30 a.m. at the State Police Fultonville barracks. Both families say it will be a great spot to reflect on their best memories.


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