Ex-Yonkers Chief Marshal Downes laid to rest
Dozens of mourners turned out Wednesday to say their final farewells to former Yonkers Chief Marshal Norman Downes.
As Downes' body made its way to the Community Baptist Church this morning, Yonkers' finest gave the former police officer a final salute. Downes served on the city's police force for 20 years before retiring in 1978.
"He wasn't the first, but he was one of the very few black police officers that first came onto the Yonkers Police Department," says retired Detective Stuart Barksdale, of the Yonkers Police Department. "He was instrumental in forming the Guardians Association of Yonkers and also later of Westchester County."
Downes is survived by four children, six grandchildren and one great-grandson.