Manlius Police Sergeant Jeffrey Slater will be wearing his more formal uniform on Saturday as a member of Manlius Police’s Honor Guard to mourn fallen colleague Trooper Joel Davis.
Sgt. Slater says, “It’s a feeling of pride within your own agency. You want people to know. You want to know Manlius PD came to support you whether it’s an hour away, whether it’s five hours away.”
Hundreds of officers, including those from Manlius, will make the trip. Also, officers from Syracuse and DeWitt Police Departments and deputies from the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office will be in attendance.
Syracuse Police will likely have the largest local turn-out, with up to 100 officers making the trip to Jefferson County.
Jeff Piedmonte, of the Syracuse Police Benevolent Association says, “No matter where it is, whether it’s California or New York, it always hits home. When we hear about it, when it hits this close to home– because it is this close– we go the extra mile for the officer.”
Calling hours will be held on Friday, July 14 at the Magrath Sports Complex (10050 Tigris River Valley Road) in Fort Drum. Law enforcement will only be allowed at the calling hours from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., and the public is welcome from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
His funeral service will be held the following day, on July 15, at the same location. The funeral service starts at 1 p.m.
Davis was shot and killed in the line of duty Sunday night in the Town of Theresa in Jefferson County.