Family, friends, and the New York State law-enforcement community gathered at Alfred University Sunday to remember a New York State Trooper who was shot and killed in the line of duty last week.
NewsChannel 34’s Nikita Ramos was also there.
Trooper Nicholas Clark was laid to rest Sunday.
Thousands of brothers and sisters in blue, family, and friends gathered in small-town Alfred, New York to pay their final respects at his alma mater.
“Last call Trooper Nicholas S. Clark. Shield 5528. End of watch July 2, 2018.”
“His friends say that Nick was always their hero, the one who would always come to the rescue. The one who would always answer their call. Nick Clark answered our call on Sunday. His life was taken because he did what we asked him to do. He went into harm’s way to protect the innocent, and despite the grave risk that he faced, he performed his duty to help others. That is a true hero,” said George P. Beach II, NYS Police Superintendent.
The Police Benevolent Sssociation President and the Officer Down Memorial page, lists Tooper Clark as the 26th line-of-duty-death in New York State since 2006.
About 4,000 people showed up to the solemn ceremony Sunday, including Governor Cuomo.
“On any given day any man or woman of law enforcement can leave their home and never come home again, and their family lives with that fear,” said Cuomo.
“We were teammates and brothers. To be a part of his life, I feel very grateful and blessed to have been,” said Chad Pieri, Co-Captain, Alfred Saxons football (’11).
“You are gone but will never be forgotten. Rest easy. We have the watch. Canandaigua out.”