Trooper laid to rest in Garden of Heroes

December 21, 2013

As it was for all the Capital Region and New York State, Dec. 20, 2013, marked an especially sad moment at Memory Gardens when New York State Trooper David W. Cunniff was laid to rest in the Garden of Heroes.

Trooper Cunniff died on Dec. 17 of injuries suffered the previous day when a tractor-trailer struck his cruiser during a traffic stop in Amsterdam. Following a memorial service at Grace Fellowship in Latham, Trooper Cunniff was interred at Memory Gardens. In preparation for the event, the Memory Gardens’ grounds crew cleared several yards of snow from around the gravesite to help ensure the comfort of the many mourners who came to honor Trooper Cunniff.

The Garden of Heroes was designated in 2010 for members of the armed services and their spouses. It is also a resting place for Hometown Heroes dedicated to community service such as police, firefighters, and emergency medical service providers. The Garden of Heroes was established in appreciation for the services these men and women provide our country and community. It overlooks one of our two ponds, and is landscaped with flags and memorial bronze plaques.

Trooper Cunniff leaves behind a wife and two children. One of his sons, Caleb, suffers from Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), an incurable disease. Contributions in memory of Trooper Cunniff can be made to SMA at its website,

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