LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty led a procession of more than three dozen of his Deputies north to the Blue Cross Arena in downtown Rochester to attend a memorial service for fallen Rochester Police (RPD) officer Daryl Pierson, 32, on Wednesday.
Pierson was killed in the line of duty exactly one week ago today, on Wednesday, September 3. According to the Democrat and Chronicle, Pierson was allegedly shot by Thomas Joshnson III, 38, in the city of Rochester during a routine traffic stop.
“It was a very sad event,” said Sheriff Dougherty, “but I was proud to have so many of our members go support the RPD and Pierson’s family.”
The service began at 11a.m., with thousands of fellow police officers, friends and family members from many counties in Western New York tearfully looking on.
Pierson was the first Rochester Police Officer to be killed in the line of duty since 1959. Parts of Broad Street and Exchange Street remained closed to vehicle traffic into the afternoon to handle the thousands of mourners who paid their respects to Pierson that morning. Facebook users in Livingston County and beyond were touched by this gesture of appreciation and grief by Sheriff Dougherty and his office.
PHOTO CAPTION: Sheriff Deputies stand ready to depart for fallen officer Daryl Pierson’s memorial service. Image from LCSO Facebook page.