UTICA, N.Y.-- During the overnight hours between Officer Kevin Crossley's calling hours and funeral, a team of law enforcement officials took turns standing guard over his casket.
It was a solemn and silent watch, as officers and Crossley's family prepare for the funeral.
"We anticipate officers coming from California, Hawaii as far as west, and of course we have our Canadian partners," Jack Keller, with Trooper D of the New York State Police said.
Crossley was serving as a Whitesboro police officer when he was killed in a car accident on Oriskany Boulevard last week.
"You only have nine officers that are signed to that department, so they're going to need some help and some support in getting through all this," Keller said.
Keller also said the local law enforcement community will support Crossley's family in the months ahead.
"We know that after this funeral tomorrow, they're going to need it the most, and I think they're going to realize this is a brotherhood, a sisterhood and we're going to be there for them after the funeral," Keller said.
Crossley's funeral begins at 10:00 a.m. at the Adirondack Bank Center Wednesday morning.