ALFRED, N.Y. (WENY) -- At his funeral on Sunday, police both near and far got the chance to say a final goodbye to New York State Trooper, Nicholas Clark. Around four-thousand members of law enforcement came to Alfred University to pay their respects and remember the man many are calling a hero.
"He had a legacy prior to any of this happening," said Canisteo Police Chief and lifelong friend, Kyle Amidon. "I don't think he will be forgotten. Especially in this area. But, to be honest with you, with all the states across the board that are here today, I think his name will be remembered throughout this country."
Over the week, the community has come together and shown their support for the New York State Police and Clark's family. Something state police officials say means everything to them.
"The community has been tremendously supportive to us," said New York State Police Superintendent, George P. Beach II. "When you drive around here you see the sign. It's very touching when you see the fire departments all bring their rigs out. Their personnel will stand at attention as the family motorcade comes by. It means the world to us."
Following a twenty-one gun salute, and a final call, Trooper Clark was carried away to his final resting place. For those traveling long distances, it was an honor to be there. It also served as a reminder of how precious life is.
"No day is guaranteed," said New Jersey State Trooper. Orlando Ramos. "So really, it makes you appreciate the profession, and then when you see a fallen officer, it just reminds you how precious life really is."
No matter what, New York State Police officials say the memory of Trooper Nicholas Clark will live on in the minds and hearts of everyone for the rest of time.