Trooper Champy, 32, lived in Newbury, New Hampshire with his wife and two daughters. He was a member of the New Hampshire State Police for nine years and was stationed at Troop D in Bow. Trooper Champy was also a K-9 officer and usually traveled with his droopy-eyed Bloodhound named Smokey.
On February 3, 1978 Trooper Champy heard a call on his citizen band radio for assistance of a motorist whose car had been struck by another motorist. Eventually Trooper Champy and Trooper Korbett were in pursuit of the fleeing vehicle. In a struggle to arrest the passenger of the vehicle, Trooper Champy fell to the ground apparently of a heart attack. The sudden death of this Trooper was a shock to everyone and his is missed by his family and fellow Troopers.