SOUTH GLENS FALLS — A South Glens Falls resident will watch the State of the Union speech from the audience with Congresswoman Elise Stefanik.
Every member of Congress can bring one guest to the speech. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, chose Sarah Pratt this year.
Pratt’s father, Trooper Timothy Pratt, died in the line of duty in 2016. He was struck by a car while helping a tractor-trailer driver who had missed his turn.
Stefanik said she chose Pratt because she knows it’s not just law enforcement members who make sacrifices. They are supported by their families, who are often not acknowledged for the work they do.
“Our law enforcement families make incredible sacrifices each day on behalf of our communities,” Stefanik said. “I am humbled by the opportunity to host Sarah in our nation’s capital and know that she will greatly enjoy the opportunity to hear the president address the nation.”
The State of the Union speech will begin at 9 p.m. on Jan. 30.
Stefanik praised Trooper Pratt as a local hero and said she joined the community in mourning his loss in 2016.
Troopers and other first responders lined the overpasses along the Northway as his body was brought home, and businesses throughout the village and town hung signs remembering him. Many thanked him for specific acts he had done to help them in his 30 years as a state trooper.
Hundreds of people turned out for a candlelight vigil and hundreds more lined up to pay their respects at the wake.
He has been remembered since at the Marathon Dance at the high school where he graduated, and where he came back to volunteer as a security officer year after year. Last year’s Marathon Dance was dedicated to his memory.