Tuesday is a very difficult day for the men and women in blue as they pay their final respects to a New York City police officer who was shot and killed last week.
Thousands attended the funeral for Officer Miosotis Familia, including Connecticut State Troopers who left Tuesday morning from the training academy in Meriden.
Hartford police officers were also in attendance, according to Deputy Chief Brian Foley.
The ceremony got underway around 10 a.m. in New York.
A contingent of roughly 25 Connecticut state troopers departed around 6:30 a.m.
"It's wonderful when we realize that people do have our back and they do care," said Lt. Eric Peck, Connecticut State Police. "Not just myself, my agency and New York City Police Department and everywhere. It touches us."
Connecticut's representatives left from Meriden to travel down to Bridgeport where they met up with troopers from Troop G.
"It's an honor and you feel significant pride, but at the same time you realize why you're there, so you're conflicted because it's a sad day," Peck said.
Monday night, thousands of community members, officers from around the country and politicians, including New York's governor, came out to pay their respects to Familia.
Officers from her precinct in the Bronx shared the impact her death has had on so many.
"There's no words that are going to take away the grief and the pain and the suffering that they feel," said Inspector Philip Rivera, NYPD.
"It's hard to find the words. It's senseless, it's brutal, it's violent," said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Officer Familia was ambushed, according to police. The mother of three children was shot as she sat inside a command unit.
Police said the suspect allegedly fired a shot through the window.
"You forget this job is not a routine job," Peck said. "It's a very dangerous business."
"Incidents like this kind of make us take stock and at the same time recommit us to what we do," said Lt. Robert Palmer, Connecticut State Police. "Our job is to protect the people that are around us at all times, and something like this doesn't necessarily deter us, it just kind of makes us think a little bit harder, a little bit more carefully about what we're doing."
Familia was a 12 year veteran of the force.
She left behind 12-year-old twins and a 20-year-old daughter.
Connecticut troopers said to see the outpouring of support from around the country for Familia and her community has been tremendous.
"I've been doing this for 26 years and what you get from it and what you can do, that you truly help people, it's still worth it," Peck said.
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