Sergeant Eric Meier
Crawford Police Department, New York
End of Watch: Thursday, September 17, 2015
Tour of Duty: 25 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Date of Incident: September 17, 2015
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Agency Contact Information
Chief of Police Dominick Blasko
Crawford Police Department
121 Route 302
Pine Bush, NY 12566
Phone: (845) 744-3300
Sergeant Eric Meier suffered a fatal heart attack while hiking in a remote, rugged area while searching for a marijuana grow operation.
The grow had been reported in a section of farmland and woods off of Lybolt Road, near Gordon Road. The officer he was with requested medical assistance when Sergeant Meier began to fall ill. He was brought out of the remote area and transported to Orange Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Sergeant Meier had served in law enforcement for 25 years. He is survived by his wife and two sons.
TOWN OF CRAWFORD – Well-respected Crawford police Sgt. Eric Meier died Thursday afternoon after suffering a medical emergency on the job, state police said.
Meier, 51, and a fellow Crawford officer were investigating a tip that someone was growing marijuana back in a section of fields and woods on old farmland off Lybolt Road, along the Wallkill-Crawford town line, said State Police Senior Investigator Patrick Beyea.
“This is a huge piece of land,” Beyea said. “They were walking around up there. He was overcome by some kind of medical emergency. And his partner called for help.”
The 911 call came in at 2:20 p.m.
Emergency responders took Meier by ambulance to Orange Regional Medical Center in the Town of Wallkill, where he was pronounced dead.
The property, between the intersections with Gordon Road and Hufcut Road, is a broad, rugged swath accessible by a rough dirt trail. The property has been subdivided, and is owned by a Poughkeepsie-based company called ADC Orange.
The Circleville Fire Department and the Town of Wallkill Highway Department helped move boulders and trees so the ambulance could reach Meier.
Highway workers also diverted traffic, shutting down Lybolt Road at the crossroads of Hufcut Road and Gordon Road during the investigation.
Meier was a good-natured, beloved figure in the town, a man deeply involved in his community. He was a police officer in Crawford for more than 25 years, said Chief Dominic Blasko.
Meier had served as a Pine Bush school board member since 2002, and had been honored several times over the years by police and community organizations for meritorious service.
By 4:30 p.m., Crawford Supervisor Charles Carnes had posted a message of condolence on the town Facebook page on behalf of the entire Town Board: “It is with our deepest regrets that we wish to inform you that our long time Sgt. Eric Meier has passed away while on duty for the Town of Crawford Police Department. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family at this time of sorrow.”
The post had garnered 100 comments within the first hour, as expressions of shock and sympathy for his loss poured in, with the numbers rising by the minute.
“He was just an all-around good guy,” Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler said Thursday evening. “It’s a sad day for Orange County law enforcement.”