Joel Davis inspired one teen to become a New York State Trooper

EVANS MILLS (WSYR-TV) - Part of Trooper Joel Davis' job was training new officers out in the field.

He even trained the officer who brought the man suspected of shooting and killing him into custody.

One teen who has known Davis for a long time isn’t out in the blue uniform yet, but he hopes to get there soon.

Dylan Gonzalez's final conversation with Trooper Davis was on the baseball field.

“He was talking at the field about how he had to get to work before the next game,” said Gonzalez, who used to play ball with Davis. 

This was mere hours before Davis would respond to a domestic call on River Road, where he was allegedly shot and killed by Fort Drum soldier Justin Walters.

“I just started bawling my eyes out. It still doesn't feel like it's real,” Gonzalez said.

Over the past decade, Gonzalez says Davis served as a coach, father figure, and inspiration for Gonzalez's future career as a State Trooper.

“I've known him ever since I was 8, 9 years old when he coached me in baseball, so when I found out he was a cop, it was the coolest thing to me. I looked up to him for so many years,” he said.

Davis let Gonzalez try it out for a day— letting him ride in the passenger seat as Davis worked to keep people safe.

That day sent Gonzalez on a path that he will now continue with Davis on his mind and in his heart.

In the fall, Gonzalez will continue studying criminal investigations at SUNY Canton.

The league where Gonzalez first met Davis is collecting money to start a memorial fund for scholarships and to maintain the field.

Click here to learn how you can donate.



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