ALFRED, N.Y. -- The loss of Trooper Clark is being felt by law enforcement and people across the country.
A 21-gun salute marked the end of trooper Nicholas Clark's watch.
His casket was surrounded by direct and indirect family -- family members like his brother in uniform Shaun Flood.
“Always one of those guys we’d been looking to for advice and help us out even through the Academy and even on the road as a trooper. It was a terrible loss and he’ll be sorely missed,” said Flood.
They spent 26 months in the academy together. He’s stationed in Canandaigua, but has gotten support from unfamiliar places.
“It’s huge, I mean we know that we have that support no matter what happens, you’re always going to have people there for you. It makes times like these tough as they are a little easier to bear,“ said Flood.
Around 4,000 men in uniform stood by Clark and his immediate family. Among those included Boston police, the California Highway Patrol and Wisconsin State Patrol.
“There’s a natural connection and bond among the law enforcement community. Because every one of them on a day like today says 'that could have been me,'” said Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“We’ve seen the best of people through this situation. As the superintendent said we’ve seen some fire departments come out, some police departments. Citizens lining the streets as were doing formations and moving people around,” said Rick Allen, former troop commander.
It’s a loss that’s felt by many in the law enforcement brotherhood, and some came to grieve together, living through the pain of losing one of their own.
“Colonel Callahan our superintendent, he wanted to send a contingent to show our respect and represent the New Jersey State Police and share in the grief because we all suffer for this same loss,” said New Jersey State Police Lieutenant Orlando Ramos.
It’s a loss that’ll stick with the community. And though the New York State Police family and the Clark family lost a brother, it’s time for everyone to show strength through unity.
“Nick’s sacrifice doesn’t go in vain. The troopers are going to live on, the police is going to live on, they’re going to keep on keeping on being the police and being strong for everybody,” said Dominic Bates, a village of Madison, Wisconsin patrolman.
His watch may be over but for his family in uniform their support will never end.