TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) - Around 750 people attended Wednesday's funeral for 24-year-old Frederick Garrasi III.
Dozens of Patriot Guard riders and hundreds of officers stood tall as the funeral procession commenced. The young man was an Evans Police officer and he was killed in a motorcycle crash in Hamburg while off-duty.
"He was a great person, a lot of life, made a lot of people smile and happy," said friend Alexandria Schifano.
Evnas Police Chief read Garrasi's application letter that Garrasi wrote just a year and half ago.
"'I succeed at everything I put my heart and mind into. I want to be part of the academy so bad and I wouldn't give up until I accomplish my dreams of becoming a police officer,'" Masullo said.
Garrasi and his family were very involved in their church and Garrasi served as an acolyte earlier in his life. His priest read a letter from his father:
"'My son was a good Christian who had decided as a young boy to bring forth goodness and light rather than evil and darkness into the lives of all he met,'" read Reverend Arthur Ward of St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church.
While there is a long, tough road ahead full of grieving, his father offered this reassuring message to friends and family:
"'If you're wishing you had a chance to speak with him about something before he left us, I can assure you he already knows. A simple prayer is the easiest way to get a hold of him now,'" Rev. Ward read.
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