Hundreds show for Officer Smith's viewing

By Perry Russom

April 3, 2014 Updated Apr 4, 2014 at 9:43 AM EDT

Town of Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Thursday night, hundreds of people lined up to pay their respects to fallen Johnson Police Officer David Smith.

Smith was killed in the line of duty on Monday.

"We lost a good friend," said Lt. Brent Dodge of JCPD. "We lost a brother and he'll be sorely missed."

As Johnson City Police Officers arrived at Chase Funeral Home in Port Dickinson, they were still visibly shaken and emotional when they saw each other.

Smith's supervisor at the department was Dodge. The two worked together for the past 14 years with Dodge being his supervisor for the last two.

Dodge said the past few days have been difficult for the department, but seeing everyone together had a calming effect.

"It's therapeutic," said Dodge. "It helps us all to come together. It's drawn us even closer together as a law enforcement family and it's helped the healing process."

A number of public officials paid their respects to Smith Thursday night including Broome County Executive Debbie Preston (R), NYS Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D) and NYS Lt. Governor Robert Duffy (D).

"Sometimes we take time to mourn when these tragedies happen, but I think it's almost just supporting and making sure you thank (officers) everyday for what they do because this is the kind of thing that your average citizen doesn't face," said Duffy who is a former police chief.

The funeral procession will start on Friday at the funeral home and will work it's way to Sarah Jane Johnson Church in Johnson City.