New Hartford - The funeral of New Hartford Police Officer Joseph Daniel Corr was held this afternoon at St. John the Evangelist Church in New Hartford. Corr, a 30 year old husband, father and policeman, was shot and killed Monday night while in the line of duty.
The Most Rev. James Moynihan, Bishop of the Syracuse Diocese, who presided over the funeral mass, noted that the “long blue line” fraternity of law enforcement is also a fragile line. Bishop Moynihan, himself the son of a policeman, also expressed his belief that Joseph Corr now serves as an “Ambassador before the throne of God.”
David Corr, Joseph Corr‘s father, told those gathered at the church that he had recently spoken with his son about the risks of being a policeman. David Corr, a retired officer, said Joe accepted those risks and when he was gunned down Monday night, Joe Corr was doing what he loved.
In his homily at the funeral mass, Father Joseph Zareski of St. John the Evangelist Church expressed that he was “Proud of Joe for his bravery.” New Hartford Police Chief Raymond Philo noted that Officer Corr had a hunter’s instinct in the area of criminal investigation and will be remembered as a caring, committed police officer.
Up to 2,500 law enforcement representatives from across the northeast and Canada attended the funeral services. The funeral procession will soon leave the church on Oxford Road. A procession of vehicles will take Joe Corr past the New Hartford Police headquarters on Kellogg Road and then to the Mount Olivet Cemetery for interment.
Video of the funeral is available here on www.wktv.com. Video is now complete below.