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Photos: Paying Final Respects to Poughkeepsie Officer John Falcone

Officer Falcone died a hero last week and was honored as a hero Thursday.

John Falcone, a veteran police officer of 18 years, was remembered by his beloved family, friends, brothers in blue and the community Thursday. They arrived to pay their final respects to the officer, killed in the line of duty, protecting and serving the City of Poughkeepsie.

Due to the amount of people attending the ceremony, shuttle buses were used to take viewers to St. James Church in Carmel. They began  arriving at 9:40 a.m. Included in the massive police presence were representatives from Poughkeepsie, Putnam, Nassau, Ossining, Suffolk, Fort Lee, Teaneck and the NYPD. 

There was an estimate "of 5,000 to 10,000 attendees," said Lt. Thomas Jones, one of the thousands of officers who came. He called it a sea of brotherhood, that when tragedy strikes, the officers from beyond the county come to "honor that person and the sacrifice that they made. This is how we show our respect." 

Falcone was slain last Friday in Poughkeepsie by a man who also fatally shot his wife and killed himself. 

For complete coverage of the shooting and its aftermath, click on the Poughkeepsie Journal here.

Jco83 July 08, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Regina's comment was ridiculous. The last thing it was, the very, very, last thing it was, was profound. If we could live to be a thousand and everybody was a good little boy and good little girl and never did anything violent, it would also be a better world. However, YOUR DEALING WITH HUMAN BEINGS. MAKE SOME SENSE, and stop with the fairy tales, a man just gave his life in the line of duty.
PeaceNow July 08, 2012 at 02:41 AM
If the bad men didn't have guns, the police wouldn't need them. In England no one has a gun and it is a country of love.
PhonesRingin'Dude July 08, 2012 at 02:50 AM
PhonesRingin'Dude 10:48 pm on Saturday, July 7, 2012 Yes "PeaceNow" let's take care of this first thing in the morning. I'm in the Ardsley area. I'm gonna start early in the morning, driving around, you know, door to door, collecting everybodies guns. Then after lunch, I thought I'd hit up some of the gun shops and grab all their stock. Mid week I'll try and get to some factories, the manufacturers, and stop all production. Ummm, on the weekend, I was wondering if you could lend me a hand with some posters that I'd like to put up around town "Not One More Shot Should Be Fired - The End" I think that should do it, and maybe we'll slik screen some t shirts with that as well. Let's get this done. And we'll deal with that, "right to bear arms" jazz next week. Talk to you soon.
PIP July 08, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Please Regina, a man died in the line of duty last Feb, I mean in Feb of 2011.
PIP July 08, 2012 at 03:52 AM
wasn't this painful enough to experience last year? Why has this article been put up again?

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