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NY Trooper Remembered as ‘True Hero’ at Funeral
A New York State trooper killed on duty by a suicidal man was remembered at his funeral Sunday for his leadership, passion for life and willingness to help others. Trooper Nicholas Clark's life "was taken because he did what we asked him to do," said State Police Superintendent George Beach, speaking to a crowd at an arena at Alfred University that included Gov. Andrew Cuomo along with numerous others state troopers and other law enforcement. "He went into harm's way to protect the innocent, and despite the grave risk that he faced, he performed his duty to help others," Beach said. "That is a true hero." Clark's flag-draped casket was on the stage, surrounded by flower arrangements and enlarged photographs of the 29-year-old. He died responding to a call early Monday morning near the Pennsylvania border. Police said Clark was fatally shot by the man, 43-year-old Steven Kiley, who was later found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside his rural home in Erwin. Kiley was the principal of the K-12 Bradford Central School. State police on Friday said they recovered 12 illegal firearms owned by Kiley, including eight assault rifles, one rifle and three handguns. They also recovered two silencers and numerous high capacity magazines. Clark grew up in the area in the hamlet of Troupsburg, where he was a standout high school wrestler and football player. He went to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro on a wrestling scholarship before transferring to Alfred University, where he graduated in 2011. He was a two-time All-America honoree and held the school record for career tackles until 2017. The former Division III football player was invited as a free agent to the Buffalo Bill's spring minicamp in 2012 shortly after his graduation. Clark graduated from the New York State Police Academy in 2015 and transferred to the Bath barracks in August 2017.