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Law enforcement 'family' shows support for fallen Johnson City officer

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Law enforcement officers from across the state gathered to pay their respects to Patrolman David Smith. As our Alexa Green explains, while many did not know Smith personally, they say he's a brother who will be greatly missed.

JOHNSON CITY N.Y. -- "We're all related. As I said before we're a family. Whether you know the person by name, by sight by agency or whether you've worked with before it doesn't matter in a time like this," said Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler.

That love and support was loud and clear Friday as hundreds of law enforcement stood side by side outside of Sarah Jane Johnson Memorial Church.

"It's just an all around horrific occurrence. It's a tragedy for everyone who wears a blue uniform," added Ithaca Police Chief John Barber.

As Smith's friends, family and colleagues entered the church, hundreds of law officials stood silently, acting as a barrier, providing protection and comfort for those in need.

"This is the profession that we've chosen, and with that comes that sacrifice. Unfortunately, someday the ultimate sacrifice can be paid," Chief Fowler added.

Following the ceremony, law enforcement gathered outside for a 21 gun salute. A flyover and flag presentation officially ended the ceremony.

"It's an opportunity for everyone in the community to give pause and think about what it means to be a law enforcement officer. And the sacrifice that were all prepared to make," explained Fowler.

"It's important to recognize the sacrifice of one of our fallen officers. Even though we may not have known him; he's still wearing blue," said Barber.

Following the ceremony, those closest to smith proceeded to the cemetery for a private burial.

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