RECENTLY FALLEN: New York State Department of Correctional Services Corrections Officer Casimiro Pomales

Corrections Officer Casimiro Pomales died in an automobile collision on Friday January 28, 2011. Officer Pomales worked for the Eastern Correctional Facility in Ulster County, NY.

The 52-year-old officer and a fellow officer were transporting an inmate for medical treatment when a car swiped the prison van Officer Pomales was driving, causing it to flip. The two officers and the inmate were taken to a hospital where Officer Pomales succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

The 22-year-veteran, also a U.S. Navy veteran, is survived by his wife and children.

“For more than 20 years, Officer Pomales served the people of New York, and I extend my heartfelt condolences to his wife, Dorothea, and their children, as well as his friends, and coworkers at Eastern Correctional Facility,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Officer Pomales is one of the 17 recorded fatalities in 2011, and one of the four traffic accident deaths to date.

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