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Hero Down: New York State Police Investigator Patrick ‘Pat’ Hogan Succumbs To 9/11-Related Cancer

North Greenbush, NY – New York State Police (NYSP) Investigator Patrick “Pat” Hogan died in the line of duty on April 13 following a battle against cancer that developed after his service at the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on Sep. 11, 2001.

Investigator Hogan was among the first responders who rushed to New York City to aid in search and recovery efforts at Ground Zero in the wake of the attacks, the NYSP said in a press release.

The 61-year-old investigator passed away at his home after a long cancer battle, according to his obituary.

Investigator Hogan earned a bachelor’s degree from Siena College and served in the U.S. military prior to his law enforcement career.

He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who devoted more than seven years of his life to serving his country, including the conflicts in Beirut, Lebanon and the Persian Gulf War, according to his obituary.

Investigator Hogan joined the NYSP on Jan. 8, 1996.

The 22-year law enforcement veteran was most recently assigned to the Community Narcotics Enforcement Team, according to the NYSP.

He retired from the force on May 30, 2018.

“Pat was both a patriot and a man of faith, and he wore our uniform and the United States Marine Corps’ uniform with pride,” NYSP Superintendent Steven Nigrelli said, according to Spectrum News.

“When others ran away from the tower, he rushed towards it. And for his multiple deployments down in New York City, he put himself in harm’s way for people he never met,” Superintendent Nigrelli continued. “You can look up the definition of hero. I think I just gave it you.”

Investigator Hogan leaves behind his wife of nearly 30 years, Nancy, as well as his children, Kelly, Emily, and Tyler, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by his siblings, nephews, and nieces.

Investigator Hogan was laid to rest on April 20.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of New York State Police Investigator Patrick “Pat” Hogan, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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