Trooper Donald R. Fredenburg New York State Police, New York End of Watch: Friday, March 13, 2015

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Trooper Donald R. Fredenburg

New York State Police, New York
End of Watch: Friday, March 13, 2015

Biographical Info

Age: 23
Tour of Duty: 2 weeks
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Heart attack
Date of Incident: March 13, 2015
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 Donald Fredenburg suffered a fatal heart attack while participating in a morning training run at the New York State Police Academy.
He and other newly sworn in troopers had just begun their run around the SUNY Albany campus when he suddenly collapsed. Academy staff immediately provided medical attention, including the use of an AED, which restarted his heart. He was transported to Albany Medical Center where he passed away at approximately 7:30 am.
Trooper Fredenburg was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had been sworn in as a New York State trooper only two weeks prior. He is survived by his wife and parents.

 

New York State joins the city of Utica in mourning the loss of a New York State Trooper who died suddenly during basic training in Albany Friday morning.

    Trooper Donald Fredenburg, Jr. had just embarked on a training run when, about a quarter of a mile in, he grabbed his side and collapsed, never saying a word.  Some trainees running with him were trained as EMTs. They tried to save his life, and at one point, a defibrillator was used. Ultimately, though, Fredenburg could not be revived and he died around 7:30 am. He was in basic training, but to the New York State Police, Fredenburg was already one of them.

"From state police thoughts and prayers are with trooper fredenburg’s friends and his family and his fellow recruit troopers.  And it truly is tragic. Although the arrangements haven’t been made,we expect that Trooper Fredenburg will be buried with full military honors by the state police," says NYS Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico.

  Navy Veteran and Utica City Councilman Mark Williamson watched Fredenburg grown from a teenaged boy into the service-oriented man he became. When Fredenburg was considering a career in the military, Williamson told him that if he wanted to eventually become a police officer, he should consider the Marines.

"Well, he was like an all American boy. Everybody knew him. He was everybody’s friend. Never caused problems for nobody. He was a protector of the weak and he was that kind of boy, or young man, he wasn’t that kind of kid that caused trouble, looked for trouble. He was everybody’s friend," says Williamson.

Governor Andrew Cuomo expressed condolences, saying that he’s ordering all flags at state buildings to be flown at half – staff on Monday.

His supervisors on the state police say Fredenberg had no known medical history, but that an autopsy, expected to be performed Saturday morning, should reveal if he had a heart condition.

Fredenburg is survived by his wife, Angela, his father, Donald, Sr. and mother, Joanne Cowley.

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1 Response to “Trooper Donald R. Fredenburg New York State Police, New York End of Watch: Friday, March 13, 2015”


  1. 1 Adolph C. Namlik, Chief of Police, Ret. March 15, 2015 at 15:24

    Family, friends, and the N.Y State Police. Please accept my sincere condolences for the sad loss of Trooper Donald Fredenburg. My prayers are with all of you.

    Respectfully,
    Adolph C. Namlik
    Chief of Police, Ret.
    Gowanda, N.Y.


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