Elmira/Corning Regional Airport
Johnson City Officer Laid to Rest
Written By: Tanja Rekhi
JOHNSON CITY (WENY)-- Streets were lined with hundreds of people Friday afternoon in Johnson City as neighbors remembered fallen Police Officer David Smith.
Smith was shot and killed on Monday by a man named James Clark. Investigators still don't know the motive.
"One time I didn't have money and he gave me money. One time I didn't have food and he gave me food," said Joanne Fredericks. "He was friendly in that way and I just appreciated him. So, when I heard he died I was upset."
Smith is being remembered as a caring and giving officer. Family members say Smith achieved his dream when he joined the police force. The loss has been difficult, but community members say his legacy will live on.
"They get up every morning and they go to work and they don't expect this to happen, nobody does. And it's unfortunate what happened very unfortunate," said David Mastrogiacomo.
He was a an officer with the Johnson City Department for almost 20 years, very involved with the community, and a member of Sara Jane Johnson United Methodist Church-- where the service was held.
"It was just a very moving ceremony," said Major Donald Faughnan, Sidney Troop Commander. "It was sad to see the flag presented to Officer Smiths's son and his wife and mother. It certainly one of the more moving parts of this funeral today."
Officer Smith was given a proper military style funeral with full honors.
Officers traveled from near and far, standing tall in honor of their fallen comrade. About twenty officers from the Elmira Police Department, retired officers and the entire honor guard traveled to Johnson City.
"We're here to represent the City of Elmira," said Captain Tony Alvernaz. "The entire City mourns for Johnson City and this whole area. It's the very least we could do- is to show up and show we care and support them."
Officer Smith was laid to rest at Chenango Valley Cemetery. He's survived by his wife and young son. A memorial fund has been set up in Smith's name at Horizons Credit Union in Binghamton.