You could see the love and support for Trooper Amanda Anna Thursday night. As hundreds paid respects to the 31-year-old, it was clear just how many lives she touched.
"She had a great personality, always smiling," said Jeff Waldron who used to work with Anna. "Certainly not surprised by the number of people here because she was loved everywhere she went, she made friends everywhere she went."
"It's very comforting to see all these people," said Mark Slosek who used to work with Anna. "She was just a great person."
Trooper Anna, a 6-year-veteran of the force, was a lot of things to a lot of people. A mother to a 4-year-old son Ethan, a fiance, a daughter, a sister and a beloved friend and coworker.
She's the second woman to die in the line of duty in the New York State Police. The first mother.
The line was out the door at times at the Foster Funeral Home in Fulton. Many people knew her, and many didn't, but they knew her sacrifice and service deserved honor and respect.
Officers from across the state and country, some as far as Texas and Illinois honored the fallen Trooper. Even constables from Canada made the trip to New York. "This is a brotherhood, we are all brothers and sisters," said Constable Mike Bryant. "As sad as it is, it's a pleasure for us to come and show our support for the family, friends and other officers."
Anna grew up in Fair Haven and went to Hannibal High School. Troopers from other barracks helped to patrol Hastings, where Anna was stationed, so her co-workers could say goodbye.
"The stations are very close knit communities when the incident occurred last Friday night, most of the barracks was at the hospital, working or not they showed up," said Major Rodney Campbell. "Everyone comes together to get through the situation."
The funeral is scheduled for Friday, June 1 at 10:00 a.m. at the North Syracuse Baptist Church, 420 South Main Street (State Route 11) in North Syracuse.
CNY Central will carry the funeral service live on CNY Central TV (over the air channel 3.3, Time Warner Cable 864, Verizon FiOS 460) and CNYcentral.com. Thousands of police officers, friends, and family are expected to pay their respects, including Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Graveside services at the cemetery are for family and invited guests only.
Because of the funeral, State Police have issued a traffic advisory in North Syracuse that will impact travel from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Friday. Drivers who use Route 11 from Taft Road to Bear Road should seek an alternate route for their morning commute.
31-year-old Trooper Anna of Liverpool was traveling west on County Route 37 in the Town of Hastings late Friday night when she changed directions in an attempt to stop a violator, according to State Police. She apparently lost control on a curve. The SUV hit a guide rail, went airborne, and flipped several times.
Anna suffered severe head injuries and was transported to Upstate University Hospital, where she died early Saturday morning.