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Hundreds mourn fallen police officer

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A funeral Mass is being held for a Schenectady Police officer killed in the line of duty. Hundreds of mourners are gathered at St. John the Evangelist Church to pay final respects to Officer Eric Verteramo.

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A funeral Mass is being held for a Schenectady Police officer killed in the line of duty. Hundreds of mourners are gathered at St. John the Evangelist Church to pay final respects to Officer Eric Verteramo.     Police officers from all over the Capital Region were lined up around the church Thursday before attending a wake for Verteramo, who died on Easter Sunday.
     From Schenectady police headquarters to St. John the Evangelist Church they processed -- Schenectady's finest and bravest, Police Chief Michael Geraci, Mayor Brian Stratton and other city officials in a solemn show of respect for Verteramo.
     The 30-year-old, five and half year Schenectady Police Department veteran died when his police cruiser crashed as he was headed to the scene of another accident.
     For the Schenectady police force, Verteramo's death is a tragic loss.
     "He was very professional carrying out his duties. Always wanted to be a cop and did a great job for us as a police officer with the police department. So that's what really hits home for us, because he was such a likeable person and he would do anything for you," said Lt. Pete Frisoni.
     Law enforcement officers and firefighters from throughout the Capital Region were in attendance to pay final respects to the first Schenectady police officer to die in the line of duty in more than 25 years.
     "Here's somebody who is responding to an emergency to help somebody else and something happened and it ended in a tragedy. Sort of like you see yourself there. At some point it could have happened to anyone of us," said Albany County Sheriff's Department Investigator Doug Miller.
     As the line to enter the church continued to grow, more average citizens came to mourn the city's loss.
     "His life was taken in the line of duty and you feel so bad. It's just sad. His whole life ahead of him," said Schenectady resident Marie Schiavo.
     The Schenectady Police Department has received countless messages of condolence from both inside and outside the community.
     "We understand what they are going through," said Albany Police Union President Jim Teller. "It's been such a short time between Lt. John Finn and Eric's. We just need to support them the best we can."

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Union Street will be closed from Nott Terrace to Union Avenue Thursday. Parts of Union Street, Union Avenue, Nott Terrace and Liberty Street will be closed Friday

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