Thousands pay tribute to NYC police officer from Elmont

Thousands of police officers from around the nation turned out Tuesday in Brooklyn for the funeral of a murdered NYPD officer from Elmont.

Community members and fellow officers crowded Brooklyns New Life Tabernacle Church to pay tribute to 35-year-old Dillon Stewart, who was promoted to detective posthumously. Stewart was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop. He was the first NYPD officer killed in the line of duty this year.

The two-and-a-half-hour service was filled with prayers and songs punctuated with speeches from officials, friends and family. They all remembered Detective Stewart as a hero who'll be honored not just for how he died, but also for how he lived.

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