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Road officially named for trooper

State Police, Montgomery County sheriff's deputies, Fulton County sheriff's deputies and Amsterdam police are shown lined up during the dedication ceremony that was held for Sgt. Jeremy VanNostrand on Wednesday at the state police Troop G barracks in the town of Glen. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

GLEN — A road dedication ceremony was held on Wednesday to honor state police Sgt. Jeremy VanNostrand, who tragically died in a car crash a year ago.

Local law enforcement agencies, local and state government officials, along with family members of VanNostrand gathered at the state police Troop G barracks at Fonda in which a portion of Route 5S is being dedicated to VanNostrand.

The dedication comes after legislation sponsored by Sen. George Amedore and Assemlyman Angelo Santabarbara.

The legislation designates the portion of Route 5S where the Troop G Barracks is located and where VanNostrand served, as the “Sergeant Jeremy J. VanNostrand Memorial Highway.”

“Last year when my office was approached to sponsor this legislation it was a no-brainer to me,” Amedore Said. “[Sgt.] VanNostrand was an outstanding public servant. He devoted his career in keeping our community safe.”

State Police Captain Daniel Larkin, center, speaks during the dedication ceremony held in honor of Jeremy VanNostrand on Wednesday. On the left is state Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, and on the left is state Sen. George Amedore. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

State Police Captain Daniel Larkin said the sign which reads “Sergeant Jeremy J. VanNostrand Memorial Highway” will be a reminder of VanNostrand’s legacy for all generations to come, and to all motorists who pass by.

“Jeremy VanNostrand was an outstanding state trooper,” Larkin said. “His on-duty death was a tragedy more so because it was completely preventable. Sgt. VanNostrand is gone, but will not be forgotten.”

VanNostrand entered the state police in December 2012 and served with the sate police for six years. He served as a trooper in Troop F at state police Middletown and Liberty barracks, and in Troop G at state police Granville, and his last assignment, at state police Fonda.

“Occasions such as these are never easy, but they are important. Sgt. Jeremy VanNostrand embodied what it means to serve,” Santabarbara said. “We honor him for the life of sacrifice today as a public servant. He deserves our utmost gratitude. As we remember him on this somber occasion, it’s important to know just how remarkable Jeremy truly was.”

VanNostrand was posthumously promoted to the rank of sergeant following his death.

Members of State Police Troop G in the town of Glen pose for a photo next the sign that dedicates a portion of Route 5S to Sgt. Jeremy VanNostrand who died in a car accident a year ago. A dedication ceremony was held in his honor on Wednesday. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

“From a young age he aspired to be a New York state trooper. To protect the community he loved do very much, he worked tirelessly to reach that goal, and once he did, his commitment and dedication for the job was unmatched,” Santabarbara said. “His work ethic, his honesty, and loyalty made him a beloved officer. He was loved and respected by so many both in his hometown and throughout the communities that he served. He was an inspiration to all of us. To his family I extend my deepest condolences for your loss, but know that you are not alone. Know that his memory will be forever cherished by our community.”

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