Friday, 28 October 2016 20:48

A Life of Service

By Chad Beatty | Editorials
Over the past few months Saratoga TODAY has been running ‘Blue Lives Matter’ ads throughout the newspaper. Hopefully they caught your eye and made you spend a minute pondering that simple thought. On its surface, the message is straightforward: Police officers are people, and their lives are just as valuable as ours. But if we go beyond the sound bite, there is a much deeper message. It means that every night we can tuck our children in bed knowing that special men and women have our backs It means help is just a phone call away should we need it; it means someone is willing to run towards the evil or into the fire, so our families can live another day. I can only imagine what society would be like without these brave men and women who drive the streets and walk their beats. Unfortunately, it sometimes takes tragedy to highlight their sacrifices, and sadly that is what happened this week. On Wednesday, October 26, at approximately 6:15 a.m., Trooper Tim Pratt was fatally struck by a vehicle on Ballard Road in Wilton. A 30-year veteran of the force, Trooper Pratt lived a life of service - service to his family, service to his community, and service to his country. Prior to donning the uniform of the NYS Police, Trooper Pratt proudly wore the uniform of the United States Air Force from 1979 to 1986. That is a total of 37 years of service to others! I think the most important element in this story, and the one that truly highlights Trooper Pratt’s character, is that he was barely on the clock, not even responding to a call, when the accident happened. He was simply doing what comes naturally to most police officers; he was helping someone in need. Perhaps the only solace we can take from this horrible accident is how the community has come together. While Trooper Pratt’s body was being transported from Albany Medical Center to Kilmer Funeral Home, the exits along the Northway were adorned with American Flags and emergency personnel paying homage their fallen brother. At Saratoga TODAY our hearts are heavy. Our prayers go out to Trooper Pratt, his family, and his brothers and sisters in blue who put on the badge every day. God bless you all. A candlelight vigil will be held Sunday night in South Glens Falls. The vigil is planned for 5 to 7 p.m. at the gazebo near the Beter Byway adjacent to the Hudson River. Any updates, including funeral arrangements, will be posted on the New York State Police Online Newsroom.
Read 7424 times

Leave a comment

Blotter

  • Nicholas A. Bliek, age 26, Ballston Spa, was charged Oct. 14 with criminal possession of a controlled substance 7th- misdemeanor.  Kevin D. Germain, age 59, Saratoga Springs, was charged Oct. 14 with criminal tampering in the third degree- misdemeanor; trespass.  Yaitza E. Rivera-Vazquez, age 35, Schenectady, was charged Oct. 14 with menacing 3rd- misdemeanor; criminal possession of a weapon 4th degree- misdemeanor.  Kiernan H. Mack, age 22, Schenectady, was charged Oct. 14 with obstructing governmental administration second- misdemeanor. pl 205.30- - resisting arrest- misdemeanor.  Mark B. Baldwin, age 29, Ballston Spa, was charged Oct. 14 with aggravated driving while intoxicated-…

Property Transactions

  • TOWN OF BALLSTON  16 Carriage Run, $730,000. Craig and Catherine Todd sold property to Richard and Samantha Lagace. 69 Cornerstone Dr., $264,600. Traditional Builders LTD sold property to Myra Johnson.  87 McMaster St., $278,000. Gregory and Tara Vukelic sold property to Robert Tole.  12 McLean St., $130,000. Kathleen Kuznia sold property to John and Leta Betor.  64 Cypress St., $340,320. Heritage Builders Group LLC sold property to Robert and Roberta Hayward. CHARLTON 2190 Route 67, $283,250. Maureen Sauter sold property to Scott Comeau and Charon Feathers.  14 Komar Dr., $187,500. John Keil sold property to Gary Drew.  CORINTH 15 Paris…
  • NYPA
  • Saratoga County Chamber
  • BBB Accredited Business
  • Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau
  • Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association