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Tim Pratt

State Police officer in uniform smiles at the camera

Tim Pratt

A 1979 graduate, New York State Trooper Timothy P. Pratt, was a longtime fixture at the South High Marathon Dance, both in his New York State Police Uniform and undercover. He was very proud that his class helped start the Marathon Dance, and loved seeing his kids dance. His daughter, Sarah, was a student chairperson, in fact.

Tim loved the Marathon Dance, and he loved helping people. It’s just what he did. Whether he was rescuing a stranded motorist or talking about life to a young person on the wrong road, Tim was always helping others.

He’s also well known for his passion for life, his love of laughter and his love of Harley Davidson motorcycles and Shelby Mustangs. To many, Tim was known as “the go-to guy.” He was the man you called first when you were in a pinch or needed a helping hand. To his family, that call rarely needed to be made, as he was already a presence before anyone had a chance to dial his number.

His tragic death on Oct. 26, 2016, while helping a lost truck driver in front of the State Police barracks in Wilton, was a crushing blow to his hometown. His funeral days later at St. Michael’s was the largest in South Glens Falls history, as law enforcement officers from across the country gathered to pay their respects.

The Pratt family is bedrock South Glens Falls. Almost all of his extended family still lives here, and most attend or have graduated from South High. Tim’s parents, the late Ruth and Edward Pratt, spent their entire lives here in our South Glens Falls community. Ed Pratt was a Trooper, too, before becoming a Moreau Town Judge. Late in his State Police career, Tim finally received his father’s beloved badge #1253.

After graduating from South High, Tim joined the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1986. He began his 30-year career with the New York State Police on March 30, 1987. He spent much of his career patrolling in Troop G, based in Wilton. Assigned to the Traffic Incident Management (T.I.M.) detail, he was also a proud member of the elite State Police Motorcycle Unit, leading the 9/11 Memorial Motorcycle Ride from Albany to New York City.

A member of the American Legion Post 574, he volunteered with countless charities, including Toys for Tots and the Double H Ranch. His service to his country and community stands was only equaled by his dedication to his family.

Survivors include his three beloved children James, Sarah and Shane; his grandchildren Taegan Eichhorn and Charlee Pratt; his siblings Michael Pratt; Kathleen Bourdeau and her husband Joseph, Maureen Leggett and her husband Michael; Laurie LaFountain; Mary Belair and her husband, Joe; brother-in-law Paul Flood and his wife, Linda; the entire Godon family; his fiancée Sue Clarke and her children, Taylor and Hannah; numerous nieces and nephews and a legion of close friends.