Police Officer Remembers A Fallen Trooper - His BrotherPosted: Updated:
Trooper Joel Davis isn't the only police officer in his family. His older brother, Josh, is an officer with the Watertown Police Department.
Trooper Davis was shot and killed while reporting to a scene where shot were being fired.
Josh Davis says his brother is the reason he became a police officer.
"He was my younger brother, but I looked up to him. Other than my father, he was probably the best man that I knew."
Josh and Joel Davis grew up together in the town of Philadelphia, playing any sport they could.
"Football out back, we had a 'turkey bowl' that we played every Thanksgiving that my dad started."
Like in sports, Josh followed his brother Joel into something else: law enforcement.
Josh says he was inspired by his younger brother's care for others.
"He never changed. Even when he put the uniform on, he was still Joel Davis. He wasn't 'Trooper Davis.'"
Joel eventually became a New York state trooper in Philadelphia while Josh joined the Watertown Police Department.
Despite different shift schedules, the brothers stayed very close.
"I can remember last week, his daughter wanted to play outside and play soccer. We played some soccer."
In his spare time, Trooper Davis volunteered as a coach and commissioner of a youth baseball league in Evans Mills.
"Even to this day, kids that he coached in the past still come up to him and call him 'Coach Davis.'"
The family and community were devastated when the officer, coach and father was killed in the line of duty.
"The first thing that ran through my mind was he was first on scene, like he always was," Josh said.
Josh says his brother died the way he lived: responding when he was called to do so.
Josh says the pain of losing who their childhood friends called "Jay Dee" will always hurt.
"He was my best friend. I love him. I miss him. I'm going to miss him. I wish he was still here. Still so surreal to me."
Josh also thanked everyone who has supported his family through this difficult time.
Evans Mills Youth Baseball is planning a tribute to honor Davis.