A final farewell as Trooper Joel Davis is laid to rest
FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- A somber day in the North Country, as loved ones, community members, and law enforcement officials from across the state and nation gather to say their final goodbyes to the state trooper killed in the line of duty last weekend.
Davis was shot and killed while responding to a domestic dispute last Sunday.
The scene at Fort Drum for the funeral was an emotional one.
There were laughs, tears, hugs and smiles as memories of the man who served so many roles in the community that he loved and loved him back honored him.
Joel Davis was a father, husband, coach, protector and his law enforcement family came up the perfect way to share those memories, tell the stories and share his life.
There were some 5,000 law enforcement officers that came to pay their respects. As did New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Colleagues say Davis may have been alone on that Sunday call, but all week the country has shown that he will never be alone again.
"It was not a paycheck that led Trooper Davis to respond to those women and children and peril, it was his dedicated service to our community, it was doing what was right, if you will, it was love; greater love has no one than this than when one should lay down his life for his friends," said Father Christopher Carrara.
Davis' was buried at Brookside Cemetery in Watertown.