Officer killed in Johnson City honored

Updated: 04/03/2014 11:28 PM
Created: 04/03/2014 10:01 PM WHEC.com

Law enforcement, friends and family lined up outside a funeral home near Binghamton Thursday night to honor the Johnson City police officer who was killed in the line of duty earlier this week.

According to our affiliate WETM, the streets were packed outside the funeral, as residents and law enforcement officers honored fallen Officer David Smith.

Sgt. Douglas Pipher of the Port Dickinson Police Department said, "It's great to see all the support from the people, and the fire departments, just various police. But the citizenry especially, it's great to see them come out to support this officer and his family."

Police told WETM that the turn out at the ceremony was exceptional -- and expect it to be even larger tomorrow for Officer Smith's funeral. That funeral will be held starting at 11 a.m. on Friday. Police and fire departments from around the state are expected to attend.

Officer Smith was killed on Monday when a man attacked him while he was getting out of his patrol car while responding to a disturbance call.

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