SOUTH GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) — People across the region are still mourning the death of a local trooper whose life was cut short while on the job just a few days ago.
It was an emotional night on Saturday in downtown South Glens Falls as family, friends, and members of the community came together to show their love for Trooper Timothy Pratt.
It was clear his impact was strong and he was loved by many.
“He was the most generous, loving, caring type of man you could ever know,” said his son, James Pratt.
James held back tears, talking about his dad, Timothy, a 30-year veteran of the New York State Police Department. He says being a trooper was his dad’s way of honoring his own dad, who spent 25 years with the troopers.
“He cared so much about the troopers,” James said. “I mean he was looking forward to the 100th anniversary coming up.”
The 55-year-old’s life was cut short Wednesday morning. State police say he stopped on Ballard Road in Wilton to help a tractor trailer that was parked in the median of the road, and was then hit by an oncoming SUV.
Family members say that’s the kind of guy he was: A superhero.
“He didn’t care who you were or what you needed, whether he had to or not, he would just offer his help,” said his nephew, Aaron Pratt.
It was noticed. James said wherever they went, his dad would start chatting with someone.
“He was talking to him like he was his brother-in-law, you know his best friend, and I’d ask him who the heck was that dad? You know, and he says got me, you know, but they all knew him,” James said.
Now the community is taking the time to honor him with a funeral procession on Wednesday, and a vigil on Saturday that included a 21 gun salute.
His family and friends shared fun memories of Trooper Pratt.
“He was pretty full of himself,” said his sister.
His kids call this support indescribable.
“The amount of honor that we know in my father, that we’ve all grown up knowing, the love that we have had for my father, we know the community knew it too,” said his daughter, Sarah Pratt.
They know their dad would be in awe.
“It’s not the type of stuff you expect to ever happen, but I’m sure he would have, he sees it, he sees it,” James said.
Calling hours will be held Sunday afternoon and Trooper Pratt will be laid to rest on Monday.