Trooper Winston I. Martindale
New York State Police, New York
End of Watch: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Tour of Duty: 7 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Fall
Date of Incident: May 9, 2011
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Agency Contact Information
Superintendent Joseph D’Amico
New York State Police
Public Information Office
1220 Washington Ave Bldg 22
Albany, NY 12226
Phone: (518) 783-3211
Trooper Winston Martindale succumbed to injuries sustained on May 9th, 2011, after responding to the scene of a plane crash in Wawayanda, New York.
Trooper Martindale was one of the first responding units to a crash involving two small planes that had collided. During the response he fell on a piece of equipment and suffered internal injuries and internal bleeding. Despite the injuries, he continued his efforts to free the two pilots from the wreckage.
After clearing the scene several hours later it was determined that he had suffered severe injuries. He underwent several surgeries over the following two years but succumbed as a result of the injuries and complications on July 24th, 2013.
Trooper Martindale was a U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom. He had served with the New York State Police for seven years and was assigned to Troop F. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, parents, sister, and brother.
WAWAYANDA – A state trooper who was badly injured on equipment at the scene of a 2011 plane crash but still stayed to help rescue the mortally injured pilots died Wednesday from his injuries, State Police said.
Trooper Winston I. Martindale, Jr. of Troop F in New Hampton, suffered internal bleeding in his abdomen when he fell on a piece of equipment at the scene but struggled with heavy wreckage to help victims who were injured when two small planes collided in this town just south west of Middletown, troopers said. Both pilots died.
Despite his injuries, Martindale remained at the scene of the May 6, 2011 crash for six hours.
State Police said Martindale underwent several serious medical procedures to overcome his injuries and subsequent complications. But the 40-year-old died following surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.
Martindale was a 7-year veteran of the State Police and a member of the Army Reserve who served in the war in Afghanistan.
He is survived by his wife, Michelle, 19-year-old son, Kyle, 15-year-old daughter, Moriah, his parents, Barbara and Winston, Sr., his sister, Camille, and his brother, Owen.
Funeral arrangements will follow.
According to the Associated Press, authorities say the planes, both single-engine Pipers, collided afternoon about 15 minutes after departing Orange County Airport en route to Sussex, N.J.
The two pilots were the only ones on board the planes.
The planes crashed about 200 yards apart on muddy ground. Emergency crewsused all-terrain vehicles to reach the wreckages.