Troy in Cheshire County, New Hampshire — The American Northeast (New England)
Greater love hath no man than this… to lay down one's life for his fellow man.
This monument stands to honor the heroic actions taken by John William "Pete" Trudelle on January 29, 1963 when he, in a split second decision, sacrificed his life to avoid a school bus.
The truest character of a man is shown in his deeds. In one single selfless act you showed us what all who knew you had always known. That underneath your welcoming smile, kind nature and steadfast dedication to family was a courageous and honorable man. We will always miss you and we will be forever proud of you.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Heroes • Notable Events • Roads & Vehicles. A significant historical date for this entry is January 29, 1963.
Location. 42° 49.6′ N, 72° 10.988′ W. Marker is in Troy, New Hampshire, in Cheshire County. Marker is on Central Square just south of Mill Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14 Central Square, Troy NH 03465, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Civil War Memorial (here, next to this marker); Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Veterans Memorial (a few steps Troy Common (within shouting distance of this marker); World War I Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Brigadier General James Reed (approx. 3.7 miles away); a different marker also named Brigadier General James Reed (approx. 3.8 miles away); The 3rd Meeting House of the Town of Fitzwilliam (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Troy.
Also see . . . Monument on Common to Honor Troy Man. 2014 article by Steve Gilbert originally published in the Keene Sentinel. Excerpt:
A blind spot impeded drivers as they went down a dip before the bridge. When Trudelle reached it, a school bus picking up children and a car were stopped under the bridge. He couldn’t possibly stop his [gasoline] tanker in time. Instead of plowing into the backs of those vehicles, Trudelle yanked the wheel to the right and crashed into a bridge abutment.(Submitted on January 23, 2021.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 25, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 320 times since then and 53 times this year. Last updated on January 24, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. It was the Marker of the Week January 24, 2021. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 25, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.