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Memorial For Binghamton Police Officer Katie Brown Held

Friends and family gathered at St. Patrick's Church today to honor the memory of Binghamton police officer Katie Brown.
Friends and family gathered at St. Patrick's Church today to honor the memory of Binghamton police officer Katie Brown.

Brown died last month in an off-duty motorcycle accident and was buried in her hometown of Lebanon, Indiana.

Today, fellow Binghamton Police Officers, New York State Troopers and local friends paid tribute to the 28-year-old.

They say Brown had a passion for helping those less fortunate and participated in several service trips to third world countries growing up.

After graduating from DePauw University, she found a second home in Binghamton, where she received her graduate degree in biological anthropology from B.U. in 2010.

She joined the Binghamton Police Department in 2011 as a way to get out in the community and serve others.

Lieutenant Becky Sutliff, who was one of Brown's supervisors, says the memorial allowed her and her fellow officers to receive closure and honor their friend.

"Katie was a wonderful person. She was a great officer. She was compassionate, she was funny, she was strong. She was just such a giving person. She had all the perfect qualities of a good officer," said Sutliff.

Sutliff says Brown will always be remembered for her infectious smile and larger-than-life personality.

Mayor Rich David spoke at the service about Brown's professionalism and commitment to service.
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