Remembering Trooper Davis By Playing the Game He Loved MostPosted: Updated:
People who knew him best say Trooper Joel Davis was a big sports fan, especially baseball.
So Friday night, people were on the diamond in his honor. Davis was killed in the line of duty near Theresa last month.
Trooper Davis coached youth baseball in Evans Mills for 14 years, so a memorial tournament was held on the fields where he grew up playing, including 34 teams from across Jefferson County.
When he wasn't on duty, Davis was on the baseball diamond coaching.
"Everybody still to this day call him Coach Davis," his brother Josh Davis said. "He wasn't Joel Davis, he was Coach Davis. I know he would love this."
Davis and his brother Josh grew up playing in the town of Philadelphia.
"Growing up we never really got to play on the same team, but out back we played all the time," Josh said.
Davis also touched the lives of plenty of young players, like William Hogarth.
"He instilled in me some pretty good values," Hogarth said. "Hard work, that was the really big thing he stressed while I was a player."
The memorial tournament runs through Sunday and will be played on fields in places like Evans Mills, Antwerp and Philadelphia. An event to honor a great coach and distinguished officer who died too soon.
"When you give an oath in law enforcement, it's to protect and serve and my brother did that," Davis' brother Josh said. "He took the ultimate sacrifice, he took a bullet for people he didn't even know."
Davis' son Caden played baseball at Indian River Central, and was playing Friday at the memorial kickoff.
He spoke with 7 News reporter Natalie Kucko and Caden said his dad would have loved an event like this and he also said his father will always be his hero.