SOUTH GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) — People across the region are mourning the death of a local trooper who was loved by many.
He was killed Wednesday morning when he was hit by an oncoming vehicle.
A large American flag greeted hundreds coming to pay their respects to Trooper Timothy Pratt, a tribute to a man with so much honor for his country and his community.
“I can’t think of how he could have been a better trooper or a better friend to myself, the community, the state police,” said friend from law enforcement, Dan Moynihan.
To Moynihan, Trooper Timothy Pratt was among the best.
A friend of the nearly 30-year veteran of the state police, Moynihan knew him while working for the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.
“Everybody comes out and backs each other up for the big calls,” said Moynihan. “Tim would come out for the small calls, the little things. He’d get out of the car and be like, ‘Danny, just thought you might need a hand.'”
Some called him a ‘superhero’, others called him a public servant.
That’s the type of guy Trooper Pratt was, and it was clear to every person he met.
“He would do almost anything for anybody,” said Moynihan.
True to his personality, the 55-year-old was doing just that before he died, helping a tractor trailer parked in the median of Ballard Road in Wilton when he was hit by an SUV.
Now those Trooper Pratt helped are showing their gratitude for him.
Busloads of people from the Capital Region and beyond, paid their respects at his wake Sunday afternoon. His colleague, Peter Aragosa, was not surprised by the turnout.
“That’s Tim, I mean he left a legacy, he’s one of those people that leaves an impact on you,” said colleague from state police, Aragosa.
Aragosa says when he last saw Trooper Pratt, he was talking about retirement, waiting it out until the 100-year anniversary of the New York State Police Department.
“He wanted to escort the 100-year anniversary on his motorcycle in April,” said Aragosa. “Then, he was going to call it quits after that.”
Although he won’t make it to that celebration anymore, there’s no doubt he’ll be there in spirit.
“It’s a huge loss, for not just for the state police, but as you see for the whole community,” said Moynihan.
Trooper Pratt will be laid to rest Monday afternoon at the Saratoga National Cemetery, following a funeral service in the morning.