1st female NY trooper to die on duty ...

1st female NY trooper to die on duty remembered

There are 19 comments on the Poughkeepsie Journal story from Jan 29, 2010, titled 1st female NY trooper to die on duty remembered. In it, Poughkeepsie Journal reports that:

CLARENCE, N.Y. - The first female New York trooper to die while on duty was remembered Tuesday for her grace, humor and professionalism as family, friends and law enforcement officers gathered for her funeral.

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The LEO Watchdog

Boston, MA

#1 Jan 29, 2010
First, let me offer my condolences to the family and friends of Trooper Mattrice.

From there; lets get into the nuts and bolts of what happened here. Since I am not aware of any charges being brought against the driver of the tractor trailer involved in this accident; and apparently the tractor trailer driver is not suspected of any wrongdoing; I am making the conclusion that driver error on the part of Trooper Mattrice caused her own death. And, it is also clear that she was not responding to a call at the time of her accident; as it has been reported that she was returning from the Oneonta barracks from her assignment as a school resource officer. So, it seems clear to me that she died via her own negligence; while not involved in any high risk venture of police activety.

So, why the enormous funeral? Here's why: Police deaths nationwide have continued to decline during the last 4 decades. And, police deaths nationwide are currently at a 50 year low. In other words; police are now dying on the job THE LEAST AMOUNT that they have died since 1959. This is a documented fact. So, in spite of the fact that the police and their powerful unions are relentlessly trying to convince all of us that our nations LEOs (Law Enforcement Officers) are at the highest risk of death that they have ever been; the cold hard facts are that the nation's LEOs have been safer and safer on the job for the past 40 years; and 2009 was a new 50 year low for on the job police officer deaths.

The public needs to understand that more LEOs die via their own negligence than die at the hands of a crazed criminal. This too, is a documented fact. As in the case of Trooper Mattice; here in Buffalo.

The police and their powerful unions are well aware of the facts that I have provided above. And, they know that the actual facts are contrary to the myth that they are routinely trying to promote: that LEOs are at a greater risk of death on the job than ever before. I have to ask, if they really are at greater risk than ever before; why do the facts prove that they are dying on the job at the lowest numbers in 50 years? Obviously, the answer is that they are not actually at the highest risk of death on the job than ever before.

And, that is why it has become so important for LEOs nationwide; as well as their powerful unions; to fully exploit each and every LEO death; regardless of whether sheer negligence caused the death or not.

The public should understand that the facts prove that Roofers; Structual Steel Workers; Construction Laborers; Truck Drivers and 6 other groups of workers (not counting the Military) die on the job more often than LEOs do. The job of being a LEO comes in at number 11 in our nation; but again most of the LEO deaths are caused by accidents and negligence. The job of Firefighter comes in at number 15 for loss of life while on the job. And, as a matter of fact, Cab Drivers lead our nation for being killed via a homicide while on the job; and not LEO's.

Again, all of these reasons are why the police and their powerful unions fully exploit each and every LEO death. I have to ask "was the more than 500 Troopers who attended Trooper Mattice's funeral; as well as the hundreds of officers from across the nation who attended this funeral; on their own time or the Taxpayers time? And, were they driving vehicles paid for by the Taxpayers; and using gas paid for by the Taxpayers; to attend this funeral?" And if so: why do we allow it to happen; when simple, self inflicted driver negligence is apparently the cause death here?
Hillbilly

United States

#2 Jan 29, 2010
Do you really think any of them attending came here on their own dime? If she was texting while driving ,she was breaking the law and it should be made public. We do have a FOI act
The LEO Watchdog

Boston, MA

#3 Jan 29, 2010
Hillbilly wrote:
Do you really think any of them attending came here on their own dime? If she was texting while driving ,she was breaking the law and it should be made public. We do have a FOI act
I did not hear that she might have been texting while driving. That would certainly explain the cause of this accident. So would excessive speed. I think that we have all witnessed our State Troopers driving at excessive speeds out on our nation's highways; simply because they can. And I for one, have seen countless State cops driving out on our highway and completely ignoring the laws about following too closely to the vehicle ahead of them.

Cops seem to think that the laws apply to everyone else; except them. So, we all get to see them driving in ways that endanger the general public as a result of this twisted mindset. And, we all witness it on a regualr basis as we use our highways.

We should all be thankful that in this case an innocent member of society was not killed by what appears to be negligence by this Trooper. No one wants to see anyone die out on our roadways and highways; but when someone is driving either recklessly or irresponsibly; like what was most likely the case in this story; it is always much easier to take if they simply harm themselves and no one else. At least no innocent victims; such as young children; gave up their lives in this story. We can certainly all take some solace knowing that.

Utter Side

Buffalo, NY

#4 Feb 2, 2010
Police are trained to used their cell phone will driving. So why can't the rest of us recieve the same training?
With all the distractions that are in a police car and the gear they MUST wear, it seems to me that if they can do it, so can I.
Life Coach

AOL

#5 Feb 2, 2010
The LEO Watchdog wrote:
First, let me offer my condolences to the family and friends of Trooper Mattrice.
From there; lets get into the nuts and bolts of what happened here. Since I am not aware of any charges being brought against the driver of the tractor trailer involved in this accident; and apparently the tractor trailer driver is not suspected of any wrongdoing; I am making the conclusion that driver error on the part of Trooper Mattrice caused her own death. And, it is also clear that she was not responding to a call at the time of her accident; as it has been reported that she was returning from the Oneonta barracks from her assignment as a school resource officer. So, it seems clear to me that she died via her own negligence; while not involved in any high risk venture of police activety.
So, why the enormous funeral? Here's why: Police deaths nationwide have continued to decline during the last 4 decades. And, police deaths nationwide are currently at a 50 year low. In other words; police are now dying on the job THE LEAST AMOUNT that they have died since 1959. This is a documented fact. So, in spite of the fact that the police and their powerful unions are relentlessly trying to convince all of us that our nations LEOs (Law Enforcement Officers) are at the highest risk of death that they have ever been; the cold hard facts are that the nation's LEOs have been safer and safer on the job for the past 40 years; and 2009 was a new 50 year low for on the job police officer deaths.
The public needs to understand that more LEOs die via their own negligence than die at the hands of a crazed criminal. This too, is a documented fact. As in the case of Trooper Mattice; here in Buffalo.
The police and their powerful unions are well aware of the facts that I have provided above. And, they know that the actual facts are contrary to the myth that they are routinely trying to promote: that LEOs are at a greater risk of death on the job than ever before. I have to ask, if they really are at greater risk than ever before; why do the facts prove that they are dying on the job at the lowest numbers in 50 years? Obviously, the answer is that they are not actually at the highest risk of death on the job than ever before.
And, that is why it has become so important for LEOs nationwide; as well as their powerful unions; to fully exploit each and every LEO death; regardless of whether sheer negligence caused the death or not.
The public should understand that the facts prove that Roofers; Structual Steel Workers; Construction Laborers; Truck Drivers and 6 other groups of workers (not counting the Military) die on the job more often than LEOs do. The job of being a LEO comes in at number 11 in our nation; but again most of the LEO deaths are caused by accidents and negligence. The job of Firefighter comes in at number 15 for loss of life while on the job. And, as a matter of fact, Cab Drivers lead our nation for being killed via a homicide while on the job; and not LEO's.
Again, all of these reasons are why the police and their powerful unions fully exploit each and every LEO death. I have to ask "was the more than 500 Troopers who attended Trooper Mattice's funeral; as well as the hundreds of officers from across the nation who attended this funeral; on their own time or the Taxpayers time? And, were they driving vehicles paid for by the Taxpayers; and using gas paid for by the Taxpayers; to attend this funeral?" And if so: why do we allow it to happen; when simple, self inflicted driver negligence is apparently the cause death here?
You're just mad because they will be able to hold your funeral in a phone booth
blanco

Buffalo, NY

#6 Feb 3, 2010
Make her phone records public. She nearly killed an innocent man.
The LEO Watchdog

Boston, MA

#7 Feb 3, 2010
blanco wrote:
Make her phone records public. She nearly killed an innocent man.
I agree; the Taxpayers should be informed of the facts surrounding this unexplained accident.

And, as you pointed out; we should all be very thankful that her carelessness only resulted in her own death; and not the death of the innocent truck driver or any other motorists who were unlucky enough to be sharing the highway with this Trooper that day.
End NYS Welfare NOW

Falls Church, VA

#8 Feb 3, 2010
Post some more pictures of her... Maybe in a bikini . .
Not Fooled

Lockport, NY

#9 Feb 9, 2010
End NYS Welfare NOW wrote:
Post some more pictures of her... Maybe in a bikini ..
Salad??
LETS GO boys

United States

#10 Feb 12, 2010
HEY ..u LOW LIFES COULD NEVER MEASURE UP ...LOL THATS WHY U POSTS SUCH GARBAGE....LOL ...MARINES...MTF!
Hillbilly

United States

#11 Feb 12, 2010
LETS GO boys wrote:
HEY ..u LOW LIFES COULD NEVER MEASURE UP ...LOL THATS WHY U POSTS SUCH GARBAGE....LOL ...MARINES...MTF!
Measure up to what?? some psyco frikin jarhead?? your a joke
Blithering Idiot

Buffalo, NY

#12 Feb 12, 2010
those pictures of her gave me major wood. she was hot as balls.
Floyd says -

Pittsburgh, PA

#13 Feb 14, 2010
The LEO Watchdog wrote:
...Again, all of these reasons are why the police and their powerful unions fully exploit each and every LEO death. I have to ask "was the more than 500 Troopers who attended Trooper Mattice's funeral; as well as the hundreds of officers from across the nation who attended this funeral; on their own time or the Taxpayers time? And, were they driving vehicles paid for by the Taxpayers; and using gas paid for by the Taxpayers; to attend this funeral?" And if so: why do we allow it to happen; when simple, self inflicted driver negligence is apparently the cause death here?
BECAUSE DAY IN AND DAY OUT THEY RISK THEIR LIVES TO SAVE YOURS...

Floyd says -

The overall drop in police fatalities was driven largely by a big dip in traffic-related deaths. Traffic incidents remain the leading cause of officer deaths for 12 years in a row, but the number dropped 21% to 56 this year.

Officers are getting better training in high-speed driving, Floyd says.

The decrease is overshadowed by the spike in the number of officers killed by gunfire 15 in multiple shootings, the most of any year since 1981.

The total number of officers shot and killed surged 23% since last year to 48. More than 30% of the deaths happened in five incidents where one shooter killed several officers.

"It tells us we have an increasing number of coldblooded criminals on the streets of America," Floyd says.
LETS GO boys

Lancaster, NY

#14 Feb 18, 2010
Hillbilly wrote:
<quoted text>Measure up to what?? some psyco frikin jarhead?? your a joke
DID'T I SEE YOU IN ..DELIVERENCE? BANJO RING A Bell? LMAO LOOSER FREAK! LOL LOL
tom

Buffalo, NY

#15 Feb 23, 2010
Not meaning to sound heartless. But labeling it as "Killed in the line of duty" sounds like she was killed in a shootout and not from texting and not paying attention to the road.....
Blithering Idiot

Buffalo, NY

#16 Feb 23, 2010
she was involved in a trafic accident. her fault.

line of duty...bull. she was on the clock.

big deal. nothing to see here.

trying to make her out to be a hero is total BS.

“Uzi Does It”

Since: Nov 08

UZILAND

#18 Apr 30, 2010
Life Coach wrote:
<quoted text>
You're just mad because they will be able to hold your funeral in a phone booth
Funerals are for the dunces who show up.

“Uzi Does It”

Since: Nov 08

UZILAND

#17 Apr 30, 2010
Hillbilly wrote:
If she was texting while driving ,she was breaking the law and it should be made public.
Actually, the final report said she was not texting or talking on a cell phone. Either she committed suicide or she fell asleep at the wheel. Regardless, this collision should be a reminder to people, as factual stastitical information points out, that most traffic fatalities are not alcohol related.

“Uzi Does It”

Since: Nov 08

UZILAND

#19 Apr 30, 2010
tom wrote:
Not meaning to sound heartless. But labeling it as "Killed in the line of duty" sounds like she was killed in a shootout and not from texting and not paying attention to the road.....
Dude, when I was going through my police science technical college associate degree program up at NWTC Green Bay, my firearms instructor, a Captain with the Green Bay Police Department, suffered a massive heart attack while instructing cops at the range out by the Austin Straubel airport in Green Bay. He had been on the department a long time and served as a frogman in the US navy. His "on duty" death meant a 200 cop car funeral procession and a lot of speeches from people that knew the man.

I'm just sayin...

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