Trooper Davis Remembered As 'One Of The Good Guys'Posted: Updated:
Describing Trooper Joel Davis as "honest, polite, friendly, kind, and known as a straight shooter," the superintendent of the state police said "I am told he truly was one of the good guys."
Davis' funeral was held Saturday afternoon at Magrath Sports Complex on Fort Drum.
The featured speaker was state police Superintendent George Beach II. You can see his full remarks in the video.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo attended the funeral, but did not speak.
The 36 year old Davis died last Sunday while responding to a report of a domestic incident in River Road in the town of Theresa in which shots were being fired. He was shot and killed, as was 27 year year old Nichole Walters, the wife of suspected shooter 32 year old Justin Walters.
Davis leaves behind a wife and three children.
"There was no doubt that Joel Davis saved lives on Sunday -- his life was taken because he did what we asked him to do," Beach said. "He ran towards gunfire to protect the innocent and prevent further bloodshed. And despite knowing the grave risks that he faced, he performed his duty. That is a trooper. That is a hero. That is bravery."
Davis served his entire four-year state police career in Troop D and was mostly recently to the trooper station in Philadelphia, N.Y., where he grew up.
"Joel was SP Philadelphia," Beach said. "He liked coming to work, he liked being the guy people came to for help."
Beach noted that patrolling the place you call home can be difficult, "but Joel knew this is where he could make a difference -- and he was good at it."
"He served the people of New York the way he lived his life," Beach said, "fairly, honorably and with dignity."
Thousands attended the funeral -- including an estimate 4,000 state troopers -- which master of ceremonies Father Christopher Carrara called a celebration of Davis' life.
Carrara is chaplain of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, where Davis served for 10 years.
"Joel dedicated his life to public service and helping others," Beach said, noting he was a calming presence who could de-escalate a situation simply by saying "really?"
"That one word was enough for the complainant, a suspect or just an angry parent to pause and rethink the situation."
After the funeral, Davis' remains were escorted in a large procession to Brookside Cemetery in Watertown, where he was laid to rest.
People lined downtown Watertown streets as the procession passed through.