The uncle of an upstate New York policeman slain in the line of duty says his nephew achieved his dream when he became a law enforcement officer.
Hundreds of state troopers, deputies and other police turned out Friday for the funeral for Officer David Smith in his hometown of Johnson City, a village just outside Binghamton.
Mourners filled the Sarah Jane Johnson Church, where Smith's uncle, John McConegly, gave the eulogy. He said all Smith wanted in life was to be a law enforcement officer.
"All his life that's what he wanted to do and he was fortunate enough to be able to do it. He loved his work, he loved where he worked, he loved the people he worked with," says McConegly. "He lived as an adult at this church, this was his church home and he has returned home, but we know where his real home will be."
For every first responding officer, they are coming to honor and remember Officer Smith for doing the same job they do each and every day.
Kenzie Spaulding is a Sargent with the Corning Police Department. "It's a brotherhood and we're here to pay our respect to our fallen officer," says Spaulding.
Authorities say the 18-year veteran was shot with his own weapon by a 43-year-old medical office technician just after the officer had arrived at the scene of a reported disturbance Monday morning. Another officer then fatally shot Clark.
The 43-year-old Smith is survived by his wife, Christian, and son, Andrew.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this article.