Friends & Colleagues Remember Trooper DavisPosted: Updated:
Joel Davis will be remembered not only as a state trooper, but as a friend, a coach, and a guy everyone liked.
There's a picture of Davis on a TV screen at the Jefferson County Public Safety building.
It's a building Davis' spent almost a decade in as a sheriff's deputy.
Deputy John Gleason was trained by Davis and later they became close friends. Davis was even a groomsmen in Gleason's wedding.
"Whenever you doubted yourself or whenever you were going through a tough time, you could call him and he would, I don't know, just talk you through it," Gleason said.
Deputy Carrie Mangiano was also trained by Davis.
"He could talk to anybody," she said. "He was very down to earth, just a great personality."
Outside of work, Davis was active in his community.
In high school, he played varsity soccer and baseball at Indian River. As an adult, he went back to baseball, this time as coach for Evans Mills Youth Baseball.
"The football games, we would always see him there, he just had a very good relationship with that community," Mangiano said.
"He was just always a giving and caring and lovable person to everybody in the community," his friend, Chris LaClair, said, "and it's a big loss to the community."
Davis was always willing to help any way he could -- whether he was Trooper Davis or just Joel.
"As a state trooper he has been there for everyone and all in our buildings he's one of our responders whenever we have a situation, Indian River Superintendent Jim Kettrick said. "He's always been there to protect the peace."
Davis came from a very close knit family. Gleason says when wasn't talking about work, Davis would talk about his family.
Davis is survived by a wife and three children. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
The following is a statement from New York State Troopers PBA President Thomas H. Mungeer:
"The New York State Troopers PBA mourns the loss of one of our members, Trooper Joel R. Davis, who was shot and killed in the line of duty while responding to a domestic incident. Trooper Davis, 36, had served the people of the state of New York as a Trooper for nearly five years.
"Tragically, Trooper Davis is the 23rd member of the New York State Police to die in the line of duty since 2006.
“We will never forget Trooper Davis, his dedicated service and his ultimate sacrifice. He will be missed by his family, friends and fellow Troopers,” Mungeer said. “Trooper Davis’s death underscores the dangers faced by Troopers and law enforcement officers every day.”
"Troopers share a unique bond and as such, form a tight-knit family across New York state as well as the entire country. Any time a Trooper is injured or killed, all Troopers, both active and retired, feel sorrow and empathy.
"The PBA, as the labor union, will assist with arrangements for the line-of-duty death funeral, as well as assist Trooper Davis’s family and fellow Troopers with whatever needs arise.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Trooper Davis's family, friends and fellow Troopers."