23 Year Old Utica Trooper Dies From Heart Problems

March 23, 2015


New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico is saddened to announce the death of Trooper Donald R. Fredenburg. Trooper Fredenburg was assigned to the New York State Police Academy for Basic School Training. This morning at 6:30am, Fredenburg collapsed while participating in a daily physical training run with members of the 203rd Basic School. State Police Academy staff tended to him, attaching an AED which advised a shock. His heart was restarted by the AED and he was transported to Albany Medical Center where he died at approximately 7:30 am.

Trooper Fredenburg, 23, served as a U.S. Marine from 2009 until 2013 and was in his second week of training at the New York State Police Academy.  He was from Utica, NY and is survived by his wife, Angela; father, Donald Sr.; mother, Joanne Cowley.

Below is a statement from Governor Andrew Cuomo:

“It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of State Police Trooper Donald R. Fredenburg, who passed away this morning after collapsing during a training exercise. A Utica native, Trooper Fredenburg put his life on the line for his fellow New Yorkers as a U.S. Marine, and was prepared to do the same during his training as a New York State Trooper. He represented the ideal of service to another that defines the State Police so well. My heart goes out to the friends and family of Trooper Fredenburg, and I am directing that flags on all state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Monday, March 16 in his memory.”