Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo ordered flags at half staff on state government buildings in honor of State Trooper Joseph Gallagher, who died Friday from injuries when he was struck three years ago while assisting a disabled motorist.
Flags will be at half-staff as of Sunday and through the trooper’s interment.
On Dec. 18, 2017, Gallagher was struck by a vehicle on the overpass from the westbound Long Island Expressway to southbound Sagtikos Parkway, the state police said.
Trooper Gallagher had been a member of the State Police since 2014, and was previously assigned to Troop F and Troop T. He was last assigned to SP Brentwood. He is survived by his wife, two children, parents, sister and brothers.
NBC News reported that Gallagher was hit by Jesse Cohen, who was texting on his phone after leaving Walt Whitman Shops. In October, the West Islip was sentenced to 30 days time served and three years probation.
“Trooper Gallagher is a hero to all New Yorkers — he dedicated his life to public service and worked to keep us safe,” Cuomo said. “His tragic passing is a reminder of the selfless actions so many brave first responders take each day. We will never forget him, and to honor his memory, I am directing flags be flown at half-staff to honor his memory.”