Slain Trooper Returns To North Country; Funeral, Calling Hours SetPosted: Updated:
The body of Trooper Joel Davis, who was shot to death in the line of duty Sunday, was returned to Watertown Tuesday morning.
(Funeral arrangements at bottom of this post.)
Davis' body was in Syracuse since Sunday night for an autopsy. He was killed responding to a case of domestic violence in northern Jefferson County, just south of the village of Theresa.
Also killed was Nichole Walters, the wife of Justin Walters, who has been charged with their murders. Police said Walters shot Davis once, killing him, and shot his wife several times.
In the photo, an honor guard of state troopers carried Davis into Reed and Benoit Funeral Home.. A large police motorcade escorted his body up Interstate 81 from Syracuse.
Every police agency in Jefferson County followed their fallen colleague through Watertown and saluted his arrival at the funeral home.
Hundreds of people lined Arsenal Street to salute and mourn the fallen trooper as the procession traveled from I-81 to the funeral home.
"Oh, it was awful to see it." said Watertown resident Linda Holder. "Such a young person risking his life for other people."
Trooper Davis' family and friends also met his motorcade at the funeral home. On Monday, Trooper Davis' brother Josh told 7 News that family was important to his brother.
"He was very big into family and he was all about his kids," Josh said. "I could watch his kids when he was working, and I could do the same for him."
A state police honor guard will watch over Davis until the funeral.
"In the same manner that the law enforcement agencies take care of us as citizens, they also obviously look out for their own and it was very evident today," said Jason Harrington, a funeral director at Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, which is handling funeral arrangements for Trooper Davis.
The funeral will be at 1 PM Saturday on Fort Drum at Magrath Sports Complex. There will be calling hours for the public from 4-8 PM Friday, also at the Sports Complex. 7 News anticipates carrying the funeral ceremony live as it happens on WWNY.
The funeral is expected to draw law enforcement officers and first responders from around the country.
"From what I understand, New York State Police and state police agencies from all over the United States will be in attendance for their fallen brother," Harrington said.