MIDDLETOWN – "Death can’t hold Winston down." That was the message of Pastor Bryan Vasquez of Christian Faith Fellowship Family Church at the funeral of State Trooper Winston Martindale, Jr. He died last week from injuries he sustained when he investigated a crash of two small airplanes two years ago. His body rejected an organ transplant, church Senior Pastor Joseph McKelvey said.
Trooper Joseph Rivera, who went through State Police Academy with Martindale, recalled "he wanted a better life for his family." As for his family, Rivera said he loved his wife, Michelle, "with all his heart," and to his children, Moriah and Kyle, "he loved you both," Rivera recalled.
The man whose nieces and nephews called him "Uncle Winnie" and whose friends called him "Wink," moved from his native Guyana when he was 16. He joined the US Army later on, and serviced in Iraq and Afghanistan.
State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico recalled when he visited him at Westchester Medical Center a year and a half ago.
"What I found in Winston was a man who was brave and positive," said D’Amico. The superintendent had a message for the fallen trooper.
"Trooper Winston I. Martindale, shield 4715, thank you for your service and for a job well done. May God bless you and may you rest in peace," D’Amico said.
Trooper Martindale was laid to rest in the Orange County Veterans’ Cemetery in Goshen, NY following the funeral service.