'Long gray line' of NY officers mourns fallen trooper

Trooper Jill Mattice was the first female NY state officer to die in the line of duty


Buffalo News

CLARENCE, N.Y. — Gov. David A. Paterson today joined the "long gray line" of more than 500 state police officers and hundreds of other officers from around the country in saying their final goodbyes to Trooper Jill E. Mattice.

A crowd of about 1,500, dominated by the huge police presence, sat through an almost two-hour "worship service" inside Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church in Clarence.

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