Police officers, K-9 units honor fallen comrade

Police officers and K-9 units from throughout Hudson Valley and from as far away as Connecticut were in Carmel Tuesday to honor a fallen comrade. About 100 K-9 officers and their dogs formed an honor

News 12 Staff

May 28, 2014, 8:56 PM

Updated 3,651 days ago

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Police officers, K-9 units honor fallen comrade
Police officers and K-9 units from throughout Hudson Valley and from as far away as Connecticut were in Carmel Tuesday to honor a fallen comrade.
About 100 K-9 officers and their dogs formed an honor guard as 38-year-old Darrell Burris' body was brought to Saint James Church for his funeral. Burris was Cold Spring's officer in charge, the department's only full-time officer. He and his black lab, Duncan, made up the department's K-9 unit.
Burris was killed Thursday night when his SUV collided head-on with another car on Drewville Road. Before joining the Cold Spring Police Department full time, Burris worked as a communications specialist and dispatcher for the New York State Police Department in Somers. Troopers who worked with him remember Burris as a gentle giant who could handle any situation that came along.
In a eulogy, Cold Spring Police Officer Robert Russell said his friend was passionate about police work. Russell also told the standing-room-only crowd in the church that they should share the gift of life. He said Darrell Burris would have wanted it that way.
Throughout the funeral, Burris' K-9 partner Duncan waited patiently under the care of fellow officers. Darrell Burris leaves behind his wife and 14-year-old son.


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