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Hero Down: New York State Trooper James Monda Dies After Slipping Underwater During Marine Unit Detail

Northampton, NY – New York State Police (NYSP) Trooper James Monda died in the line of duty after slipping beneath the surface of Great Sacandaga Lake while working a marine patrol detail on Sunday.

The 45-year-old trooper went underwater at a boat launch at approximately 4 p.m. on Aug. 22 and did not resurface, the NYSP said in a press release on Monday afternoon.

Trooper Monda was pulled from the water and rushed to Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville, where he was pronounced dead.

Additional details about the fatal incident have not been released.

“It is with deep regret and sadness that Superintendent Kevin P. Bruen announces the line of duty death of Trooper James J. Monda,” the NYSP said. “Trooper Monda entered the State Police in September 2002 and served with the State Police for 18 years.”

He served most of his career in Troop G and spent nearly one year with Troop B, his agency said.

Trooper Monda’s most recent assignment was in Princetown.

“Trooper Monda selflessly dedicated his life to protecting and serving the public, and we will never forget his ultimate sacrifice,” New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association President Thomas Mungeer said in a statement to the Times Union.

He leaves behind his fiancé and his parents, the NYSP said.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of New York State Police Trooper James Monda, 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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