WAWAYANDA, N.Y. (AP) - A New York state trooper has died from injuries he suffered two years ago while assisting victims of a double plane crash.
New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico says Trooper Winston Martindale, Jr. died Wednesday after surgery at a New York City hospital.
Martindale fell on a piece of equipment while responding to the crash of two small planes on May 9, 2011 in Wawayanda, in Orange County about 60 miles northwest of New York City. Despite suffering internal bleeding, Martindale stayed at the scene for six hours. Both pilots died.
D'Amico says the 40-year-old Martindale had several medical procedures since.
Martindale was a seven-year veteran of the state police and an Army Reservist who served in Afghanistan. He is survived by his wife, two children, parents and siblings.
In response to his death, Governor Andrew Cuomo said:
"I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of State Trooper Winston I. Martindale, Jr. Trooper Martindale served New York State and our residents with courage and honor, putting his life on the line in a heroic attempt to save the lives of two pilots after a tragic airplane crash in 2011 in Orange County. Despite suffering severe injuries, Trooper Martindale stayed at the scene of the accident for six hours. Trooper Martindale courageously battled serious medical hardships for more than two years, and passed away on Wednesday. He was just 40 years old – a tragic, heartbreaking loss. We will never forget Trooper Martindale's selfless sacrifice, dedication, and bravery in rushing into a dangerous situation to protect the lives of others. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest condolences and send my thoughts and prayers to the loved ones that Trooper Martindale left behind."