State parks employee Richard Capper, of Haverstraw, dies after plowing at Harriman State Park in Stony Point

Richard Capper of Haverstraw was found dead Sunday morning while plowing snow at Harriman State Park. (2/17/14)

HAVERSTRAW - A state parks employee who died Sunday after plowing at Harriman State Park has been identified as Richard Capper, of Haverstraw.

Capper was discovered unconscious in his truck Sunday morning after he had plowed the parking area near the abandoned Silver Mine ski area. His truck caught fire after he was removed, leading police to believe he had passed out with his foot on the throttle, causing the truck to overheat. 

He was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy is being performed, but officials believe he died of natural causes.

Capper worked as a snowplower for the state parks department and had been a supply officer with the Haverstraw Volunteer Ambulance Corps for the past 20 years. Co-workers described him as dedicated to those in need and in a recent Facebook post, he said he was the most proud of serving his community.

For an extended interview on the death of Capper, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612. 

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