State Police: Trooper dies of illness stemming from World Trade Center assignment

Trooper Michael J. Anson

New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II is saddened to announce the death of Trooper Michael J. Anson.

Beach said Anson passed away Tuesday from an illness stemming from his assignment at the World Trade Center site following the 2001 terrorist attack.

Anson was assigned to New York City to aid in search and recovery following the attack on Sept. 11.

Anson, 56, entered the New York State Police on Sept. 22, 1986, and served for 31 years.

Beach said Anson served in Troop G for his entire career. He was most recently stationed at SP New Scotland. Anson was previously assigned to SP East Greenbush, SP Brunswick and SP Schodack, where he served as a School Resource Officer from 2003-2010 in the Averill Park and Brunswick School Districts. In addition, he served as an Academy Training Officer at the Basic School for multiple classes from 2012-2017.

An Albany County resident, Anson is survived by his wife, their three children, and his brothers.

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