Preparing to say final goodbyes to fallen trooper
WATERTOWN, NY -- Calling hours were held for Trooper Joel Davis at the Magrath Sports Complex in Fort Drum from 3 to 8 Friday evening. The first hour was open only to law enforcement so they could pay their respects to their fallen brother.
Trooper Davis was shot and killed Sunday night while responding to a domestic call in Theresa, Jefferson County.
Fort drum soldier Justin Walters is accused of murdering Davis and his wife, Nichole Walters.
He's locked up without bail, charged with their murders.
It was a somber day before a community says it's final goodbyes to Trooper Davis. State troopers from all over came to local hotels in Water Town to pay their respects to one of their own.
Delaware state troopers drove six hours dressed in uniform to stand beside Jefferson County State Police.
Captain J. Sapp has been a trooper for more than 23-years. He said this news hits home.
"On April 26th of this year I lost one of my troopers are very similar circumstances in Delaware and troopers from all across the country as we do a ride to Delaware to honor him," explained Captain J. Sapp.
Captain Sapp said this situation will unfortunately happen again and it's their responsibility as law enforcers to come together in solidarity.
"We pull together and try to give each other strength and that's important and that's kind of how we continue to forge forward and do what we do to protect this country and hopefully people appreciate that," added Captain Sapp.
Its been a outpouring of support since the tragic death of Trooper Davis.
Indian River High School donated its time and buses to shuttle people to and from fort drum for calling hours. Indian River High School football team came dressed in uniform.
Most didn't know Trooper Davis but played with his son and wanted to show their support to the family.
"He made a huge difference and these guys can too, that's what I'm trying to get across to them, that if you are putting other people first you are going to make a difference in the long run," said Corey Marsell.
The Delaware troopers have one message for New York State Police before they stand beside them.
"They are hurting but they are strong they'll be all right and they'll continue to serve the people well," said Captain Sapp.
Governor Andrew Cuomo just announced he will be in attendance.