|Death: ||Oct. 8, 1923|
New York, USA
Trooper Roy A. Donivan was shot and killed on the Saratoga-Albany Road during the evening of October 8, 1923.
Trooper Donivan had been assigned as a decoy to catch "highwaymen" who were responsible for numerous robberies on this rural road. Trooper Donivan was halted by a trio of bandits and shot when he and a fellow Trooper resisted the robbery attempt. Trooper Donivan was able to return fire and struck one of his assailants. The trio were later captured at Loudonville when they attempted to run a roadblock. The bullet from Trooper Donivan's weapon was recovered from the body of one of the assailants and served as evidence to indict the threesome for homicide.
The Saratoga-Albany Road (present day Route 9), was a major avenue of commerce for bootleggers during the Prohibition era and rival gangs often stole from and murdered one another along this highway.
(Source: New York State Division of State Police website)
Cyrus Donivan (1856 - 1942)
Mary Ella Law Donivan (1868 - 1935)
Auguste Muller Donivan (1895 - 1940)
Roy A. Donivan (1922 - 1928)*
Charles Donivan (1888 - 1953)*
Roy Albert Donivan (1896 - 1923)
N.Y. State Police Troop G
"DIED FIGHTING TO THE LAST"
Shandaken Rural Cemetery
New York, USA
Created by: Mark Gossoo
Record added: May 26, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 37547128