Hundreds of Hudson Valley police take “Blue Line Express” into funeral for NYPD detective
Hundreds of police from the Hudson Valley are among the thousands gathered in Manhattan today in a show of support for fallen NYPD Detective Wilbert Mora.
The MTA reserved eight train cars they call the “Blue Line Express” to help transport police into the city
The Metro-North train made two stops, in White Plains and the Fleetwood station in Mount Vernon, as it headed to and from Grand Central Station so officers could attend today's funeral at St. Patrick's Cathedral.
This is the second time in less than a week members of New York's 32nd Precinct are saying goodbye to a member of their own squad. "Every one of those officers that stood in that line, has answered the exact same call that Detective Rivera and [Detective] Mora answered. We've all been there hundreds if not thousands of times and it's one of those things that literally could have happened to anybody," says Westchester County Police Sgt. John Butcher. "Police officers come together, there's no other job like it in the world and we're all proud to be a brother and sisterhood," says Mount Pleasant Police Chief Paul Oliva.
On Tuesday, officers lined the streets of Manhattan for Detective Mora's wake services.
The 27-year-old died last week after he was shot on Jan. 21 responding to a domestic dispute call. Police say it's among the most dangerous type of call they answer.
His partner, Detective Jason Rivera, 22, was also killed. His funeral was held last Friday, also at St. Patrick's.
Officers on the train today say support from the people they serve and protect, and sometimes give their lives for, goes a long way…especially during times like this.