Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The streets were silent Friday afternoon, as hundreds gathered at the funeral of fallen Johnson City Police Officer, David Wayne Smith, to pay their final respects.
The funeral procession began in Port Dickinson and ended in Johnson City at Sarah Jane Memorial Church, where Smith was a member, and where his funeral was held.
The eulogy, delivered by Smith’s uncle, John McConegly, gave some insight into the life of DW Smith, his nickname given by fellow officers, or Davey, to his family.
McConegly talked about DW’s appreciation for BMX, various sports that he played, and his first job doing a paper route. He highlighted his dedication to the police department and also his dedication to all other aspects of his life.
Smith’s uncle shared that above all else, DW really wanted to be a member of law enforcement.
“He loved his work. He loved where he worked. He loved the people he worked with. It was a proud moment for all of us… to see Davey, DW, in his uniform,” said McConegly.
His uncle said it was also a proud moment Friday as he was driving through Port Dickinson to Johnson City. He mentioned his appreciation to everyone who stopped and saluted the procession, showing respect for his nephew.
Smith’s son, Andrew, lit a blue candle in front of the entire church, just like his father did every weekend at Sarah Jane Memorial Church.
The funeral procession leaving the church was even larger than when it came in, as police geared up to escort Smith's body to Chenango Valley Cemetery, his final resting place.