It was a day no one inside the Alfred University arena wanted to live through.
However, those closest to slain New York State Police Trooper Nicholas Clark say the goodbye he received Sunday was proof of a life well-lived, despite being cut short.
Trooper Clark died nearly a week ago after being shot responding to a call in the Town of Erwin.
His funeral was held Sunday at his Alma Mater, Alfred University. Thousands of family, friends, and law enforcement officers gathered to pay their final respects.
“A wonderful human-being who touched so many lives in the short time he was with us,” said Reverend Donald Maynard, who’s known Clark and his family for more than 20 years.
New York State Police Superintendent George Beach II was among those offering sympathies to Clark’s family, while praising the person and trooper he was.