Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Today was the final salute to officer David Smith, known as DW to his law enforcement brothers, and Davy to his family.
The funeral, located at Sarah Jane Johnson Memorial Church, included very touching moments and heartfelt words spoken inside.
The roadway and parking lots were full of law enforcement officers standing in formation to honor Officer Smith, while inside the church was a tearful service.
"He became a volunteer at the Prospect Terrace Volunteer Fire Department," stated Smith’s uncle, John McConegly, while he read the eulogy. "He had job a with a security company helping to protect their interests of that business, but he had bigger ideas of what he wanted to do for a career."
McConegly stated that what Smith really wanted to do was to be a law enforcement officer.
DW began his career with JC Police on September 11, 1995, according to Chief Joseph Zikuski of the Johnson City Police Department. He also spoke about the kind of cop DW turned out to be.
“DW was a cops-cop and always there to help others. Even the most stressful times, DW would crack a joke with that infectious smile just to ease the tension off the shoulders of his brother and sister officers," said Zikuski.
The burial was held at Chenango Valley Cemetery and a reception for family, friends, law enforcement, and community was held immediately after at Saint John’s.
Smith's funeral procession started in Port Dickinson and weaved its way into Johnson City.
It was led by motorcycles and police cars, in which their lights were flashing, but sirens were silent.
After the funeral services ended, family and friends made their way outside the Sarah Jane Johnson Church for a special flag ceremony.
A flag that laid on top of Officer David Smith's casket was folded by law enforcement and handed to Smith's 11 year old son, Andrew.
The police chief then gave Smith's mother and wife folded American flags.
The special dedication was a particularly emotional part of the service. A 21 gun salute then followed and taps was played.