Funeral for fallen sheriff draws hundreds

ELIZABETHTOWN - Hundreds of family, friends and fellow law enforcement personnel turned out Wednesday to pay their respects during the funeral service for longtime Essex County Sheriff Henry Hommes.

Hommes died Friday, July 30, following a long battle with cancer.

The funeral service, conducted by Rev. Frederick Shaw, was held in the Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School auditorium to accommodate the capacity crowd.

Speakers during the ceremony included Essex County Undersheriff Richard Cutting, Town of Chesterfield Supervisor Gerald Morrow, Town of St. Armand Supervisor Joyce Morency, Board of Supervisors Clerk Deborah Palmer, Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, and Clinton County Sheriff's Deputy Nick Leon.

Hommes was carried from the auditorium by a color guard of sheriffs and state troopers to the sound of bagpipes. The procession passed in front of the county complex where Hommes spent 13 years as county sheriff, and county employees lined the sidewalk as the hearse drove slowly by.

Hommes was then laid to rest in the Reber Cemetery.

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