NY State Trooper Collapses and Dies After Basic-Training Run

ALBANY (AP) -
Trooper Donald R. Fredenburg, during his time as a Marine.
Trooper Donald R. Fredenburg, during his time as a Marine.

A 23-year-old state trooper collapsed during a basic-training run and died Friday, three days after taking his service oath.

Trooper Donald R. Fredenburg, of Utica, grabbed his side and collapsed at around 6:30 a.m., roughly a quarter-mile into a daily physical training run at the University at Albany campus.

Academy staffers and fellow runners tended to him immediately, and responders were able to restart his heart with a defibrillator, but he died about an hour later at a hospital.

State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico said at a news conference Friday afternoon that Fredenburg had no known medical issues.

“This was only his third run with us,” said D’Amico, who swore Fredenburg into service Tuesday.

Fredenburg served as a U.S. Marine from 2009 until 2013.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed flags on all state government buildings to be flown at half-staff Monday. Fredenburg is survived by his wife, Angela, and his parents.