SCHENECTADY – Hundreds of regulation enforcement officers – from as far as New Mexico – and dignitaries poured into Schenectady Monday for the most somber of occasions: the funeral providers for the line of responsibility loss of life of New York Condition Trooper James Monda.
An 18-yr state police veteran who lived in Rotterdam Junction, Monda was 45.
“A working day like nowadays is just a unfortunate working day for us as an organization, in addition to the apparent, which is a sad working day for his family,” New York State Police Superintendent Kevin P. Bruen advised reporters exterior Schenectady’s St. John the Evangelist Church, where by Monda’s expert services have been held.
Monda, a member of a maritime patrol in Princetown’s Troop G, died Aug. 22 functioning a maritime detail on Good Sacandaga Lake. For causes that stay beneath investigation, Monda went into the drinking water with diving gear at the boat start and did not resurface.
Monda was in the water on Bunker Hill Street in Northampton at about 4 p.m. and was pulled from the drinking water following he did not resurface. The 1993 graduate of Mohonasen High University was pronounced dead at Nathan Littauer Medical center in Gloversville.
Speaking to the hazards of the profession, Bruen mentioned “every trooper, and notably, their households know that when you go away on a shift to perform, you may possibly not arrive back again.”
Point out troopers, lined up on Union Street exterior the dwelling of worship in roughly 12 rows, stood at ease. Gov. Kathy Hochul was distinguishable as she stood in the entrance row in black between a sea of gray-uniformed troopers.
The church seats 800 and was nearly entire, in accordance to a condition law enforcement spokesperson.
Regulation enforcement businesses all over the state, such as Michigan Condition Law enforcement and New Mexico Condition Law enforcement, were in attendance, the spokesperson claimed.
“To have so many people arrive from around the nation, virtually, to demonstrate guidance, as we’ve performed for them and will proceed to do it indicates an awful good deal to all of us,” said New York Point out Police Major Christopher West, the commander of Troop G who labored carefully with Monda.
Media associates have been not permitted inside the church, but West and Bruen spoke outside the house, remembering Monda’s function ethic and willingness to enable colleagues, even with personal issues whilst off-duty, and his sense of humor.
West termed Monda a good dude.
“He was a difficult worker. We picked him for a quantity of unique particulars because of that work ethic that he experienced,” said West, mentioning Monda’s distinctive assignments, such as the condition fair, and as an ATV operator and brief rifle member, in addition to the maritime device.
“When a supervisor and the state police describe someone as becoming a worker,” Bruen added, “it may possibly sound like form of faint praise. But it’s actually a pretty high compliment. It’s our way of indicating this is anyone you can count on in a challenging circumstance, who’s out there all the time.”
Monda, according to West, was respected and stood as just one of the senior associates at the Princetown station. He was seemed up to by a lot of.
West said just one of Monda’s station mates recalled Monda as “a guy that you could go to not only because he was a senior member of the station, but just for the reason that he was that individual who would go aid you out with any kind of chores or issues you required at your home, or particular issues.
“And he was a jokester way too, and properly-favored and obtained alongside with anyone,” West reported.
To the collective suffering the group was likely by means of, West explained: “We’re all hurting ideal now. But we also know that we have an obligation to make positive that we give him a appropriate sendoff that he justifies, and rally all over every other and we’ll present we do the right detail.”
Monda attended SUNY Schenectady Group School and gained his bachelor’s diploma in criminal justice from SUNY Albany in 1998.
Prior to joining the condition police in 2003, he was a corrections officer at the Ulster County Correctional Facility.
According to his obituary, he loved searching, fishing, ATVs, or anything outdoor and cherished his cat, Max or any animal that crossed his path.
He leaves his fiancé, Teresa Kepler of Rotterdam mom, Joan Monda of Rotterdam Junction father James A. Monda of Rotterdam sister, Jill Petitti of Rotterdam and brother Anthony Monda of Florida.
In his obituary, the family members asked that memorial donations be designed to the Animal Protecting Foundation, 53 Maple Ave., Glenville, NY, 12302.
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