New York State Police honored the life of a sergeant, a young father from the Hudson Valley, who passed away.

Last week, New York State Police Acting Superintendent Steven A. Nigrelli announced with "deep regret and sadness the Line of Duty death" of recently retired Sergeant Ivan M. Morales.

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Morales passed away on Friday, October 28, from an illness stemming from his assignment at the World Trade Center site following the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, according to New York State Police.

"On November 3, 2022, the New York State Police honored the life of Sergeant Ivan M. Morales and his selfless dedication to protecting the citizens of New York," New York State Police stated in a press release.

Morales was a member of the New York Police Department (NYPD) during his assignment to the World Trade Center search and recovery efforts.

New York State Police Sergeant From Catskill, New York Dies


Morales is from Catskill, New York. He passed away at the age of 42. He's survived by his wife and two children, according to his obituary.

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"Ivan loved nothing more than being a dad and watching the New York Yankees," his obituary states.

He served with New York State Police for over 17 years. He retired less than a month ago, on October 20, 2022. Sergeant Morales was assigned to Troop T at the time of his retirement.

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Morales will be laid to rest on Thursday in Catskill. New York State Police from across the Empire State traveled to honor Morales.


"Our thoughts are with Sgt. Morales’ family, friends, and members of the NYPD. Thank you, Sgt. Morales, for your service," New York State Police concluded in its press release.

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