Honored Late Trooper Was 'Special,' Colleagues SayPosted: Updated:
A New York state trooper who was killed while on duty last summer has been named 2017 Troop D Trooper of the Year.
On Friday, the family of Joel Davis received his award at a ceremony in Canastota.
Davis was shot and killed when he arrived on the scene of a deadly domestic incident near Theresa last July.
Fellow state troopers say the award is well-deserved.
"It's something special to all of us, all of us who worked with him, his family, the community,” zone commander Darrin Pitkin said. “Joel was a friend, a co-worker, a father, a son and we wanted to try to do something to honor him."
Another honoree was Senior Investigator Michael Pastuf. He was named 2017 Troop D BCI Supervisor of the Year.
Pastuf is based in the Watertown-area barracks and says he couldn't have done it without his colleagues.
"I was humbled as my peers put me up and my bosses recognized the efforts we put in,” he said. “When I talk about the efforts we put in, this is a team effort."
Pastuf says this year was filled with challenges and he's proud of the work everyone did.