Procession, Calling Hours Honor Fallen Trooper Joel DavisPosted: Updated:
Hundreds and it's likely to be thousands pay respects to fallen state trooper Joel Davis, who died last Sunday shot while responding to a call in the town of Theresa.
The day started with this procession from Reed and Benoit Funeral Home in Watertown to Fort Drum. It was a smaller procession compared to when Davis arrived there. That's the way it was suppose to be. It included officers from the Evans Mills and Theresa police departments, officers who worked with Trooper Davis. Meanwhile, two state troopers continued to stand at the funeral home's doors, a sight seen for several days by Sheryl Prelas, manager of Parkview Cleaners which is right across the street.
"When I come in at 6:30 in the morning and see them standing, it really hits home," Prelas said.
Meanwhile, friends and family prepared to see State Trooper Joel Davis one last time At Indian River High School Friday afternoon, dozens of people gathered to take group shuttles to Davis' calling hours on Fort Drum.
Many people sharing stories of growing up as neighbors with the Davis family or being in school with Trooper Davis.
Cory Marselo, Indian River football coach, grew up with Trooper Davis and his brother, and wanted to make sure his players appreciated the man that Joel Davis was.
"I wanted to make sure that they understood this person was a huge part of the community, and they already recognize that," Marselo said.
Indian River High School principal, Troy Decker, said the outpouring of support for Trooper Davis' family is evidence of the legacy that he is leaving behind.
"The support that's being shown right now, by not just our local school community, but by the communities in the north country, and certainly by the entire nation is really nothing short of astounding," said Decker.
Sheriff's deputies from St. Lawrence, Lewis, and Oswego counties are out on patrol Friday and Saturday in Jefferson County to allow the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department to attend calling hours and the funeral service at Fort Drum.