ALFRED, N.Y. (WENY) -- People flocked to Alfred University Saturday evening to pay their respects to the man many are calling a hero. On Monday, New York State Trooper, Nicholas Clark, was fatally shot and killed while responding to a 911 call on Welch Road in the town of Erwin.
"He's the type of guy that if you're going into battle, you want him coming with you," said New York State Police Troop E Commander, Major Richard Allen. "He's got your back, he's going to take care of business. A loyal member to the New York State Police. Nick was a great athlete. He was a two-time state wrestling champion, two time-all American here at Alfred University."
According to Allen, numerous police officers from across the country, including Wyoming, Texas, Utah, Massachusetts and even California came to pay their respects to trooper Clark. He says Clark will live on with every trooper for the rest of time.
"His legacy is going to be, he's a great trooper, he's a trooper's trooper," said Allen. "Someone who could be depended upon. He'll live on in the State Police memory forever. He'll be on our wall of honor where his legacy will never be forgotten. His legacy will be carried with every trooper that ever puts this uniform on. A part of him will be in there."
Allen says to see the community's support throughout the week, both for the New York State Police and Clark's family, means a lot.
"Like I said, he's just an all-around great guy," said Allen. "I was up with the family yesterday as they hand-dug Nick's grave and just to see the community's support come out for him, and the stories that were being told. He was just a great guy."
The funeral for Trooper Clark will be held in the James McLane Physical Education Center at Alfred University Sunday at 11AM.