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THE FINAL SALUTE

It is a time of darkness, of tragedy, when a man of peace...is cut down in the prime of life."

Those words were offered Tuesday to console mournbers at a Mass of Christian Burial for Lt. Joseph F. Adamy, the first Amherst police officer killed in the line of duty. Adamy. 39, died Saturday when his patrol car was struck by a pickup truck. The driver of the truck was charged with drunken driving.

Several hundred police officials from across the state gave Adamy a final salute during servics at St. Kohn Maron Church, Amherst, and later at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

Richard Adamy said his younger brother Joseph had lived his dream by becomin g a police officer and that he had two unswerving loyalties -- to his wife, Candice, and their five children, and to his job as a servant of the public.

To the officers mourning their fallen comrade, Richard Adamy offered words of consolation:

"The only thing I can say is that when you're looking down a dark alleyway between two houses or knocking on a door and don't know who's behind it, Joe will be with you in spirit."

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