We Honor and Remember Trooper David C.
Director of Operations 1998-1999
UAlbany Class of '99
Passing of David C. Brinkerhoff '99
It is with the deepest regret that we inform you of the recent
passing of our Friend and Brother, NYS Trooper David C. Brinkerhoff
'99. David, or Brink as he was best known, was a dedicated member of
Five Quad Volunteer Ambulance Service while a student at the
University at Albany. Brink also served as the company's Director of
Operations. Brink was shot and killed in the line of duty on April
25, 2007 during the search for fugitive Travis Trim, wanted in
connection with the attempted homicide of another New York State
Trooper that occurred on April 24, 2007.
David is survived by his wife Barbara and his 7-month old daughter
State Police in Catskill set up an account for the family. Donate
through any branch of the
Greene County or make checks to:
Bank of Greene County
Attn: Brinkerhoff Family Account
Box 470, Catskill, NY 12414
Please pray for our departed Brother Brink as well as all of our
department members. Brink is missed.
Our Memories of Brink
Ron Casey (President, 1996-97):
"It brings back so many memories as I read each of these posts. I
spent so many shifts with Dave that it's hard for me to pick out
just one moment to share. I will always remember Dave for his
strength of character, his loyalty, his friendship and of course his
wittiness that ALWAYS made me laugh.
I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and
retold memories that I continue to see online and in the papers from
past and current Five Quad members. I am honored to have belonged to
an organization that has so many members who stand for the very
qualities that Dave lived by every day.
May God Bless Dave's family, his fellow Troopers, our
friend Brett, and every one of you that continue to put your lives
on the line every day."
"Dave and I used to run the long Friday 40/43 shifts for a while, To
get to drive for Dave you had better be a damn good driver with
driver trainer certified and snow driver certified and take him
around the [Indian] lake all the way without hitting anything in the
new A-2 (wide tire one) If you did, well you know...I am so glad
that I got to work with him then and I will miss him greatly now and
Jon Laico '97:
"Dave will be missed by many. I remember the Ice Storm of ’98 and
the interview he did with Fox23 before the crew departed for Upstate
NY. Dave was the DO (Director of Operations) at the time and classes
were out of session. I wish I had a copy of that footage. He was so
funny in front of the camera."
"The Shock is to say the least overwhelming. We are exposed to a
field where this is always a possibility, but no one ever prepares
adequately when something like this happens. For the current student
members, the name David Brinkerhoff is an echo of the recent past.
But for the Alumni, his name is spoken in the way you would mention
a brother. I regret that I was not as close as some were to Dave.
But I did spend a couple of semesters as his driver. I can count on
one hand the number of people that I have seen come and go in this
Organization, that were truly noteworthy. By their skills,
professionalism, and maturity they left a lasting impression. Dave
was just such a person. Those who were on board during his tenure as
DO, should probably remember when he pushed to order the Squad
Jackets. Certain parties tried to argue that the American flag
should not be sewn on the jackets, but Dave stuck to his guns and
the flags were placed where they belonged. You might not have always
agreed with his policies, or the decisions he made, but you always
knew where you stood with him. And, that he wasn't going to play
mind games, or immerse himself into the Soap Opera that is often
Five Quad. I pray (yes that is correct. I said Pray) for his Family,
his Wife, and the Child who had him stolen away so early in their
life. I pray for his Colleagues, and his friends, close, and
distant. The Voice may now be silent, but the Spirit will Echo."
"I have been away, and just heard the news as I checked my email at
the airport. While I wasn't the most active member at Five Quad, and
often felt in the beginning that I did not fit in perfectly, Dave is
the one who changed that. The shift time we spent together was an
inspiration, and just thinking back to our small ski trip, with
Brett and how he accepted me as a friend and colleague... It
shocking, and my heart pours out to his family, and his closest
friends, my deepest condolences, and best wishes."