Director of Public Information
*** NEWS ADVISORY ***
The calling hours for Trooper Joel R. Davis will be held on Friday, July 14, 2017
from 3:00 PM to 8 PM at Magrath Sports Complex, 10050 Tigris River Valley Road, Fort Drum, NY 13602
The funeral service for Trooper Joel R. Davis will be held on Saturday, July 15, 2017
at 1:00 PM at Magrath Sports Complex, 10050 Tigris River Valley Road, Fort Drum, NY 13602
For media outlets interested in covering the wake on Friday, July 14, 2017, members will NOT be allowed on-site for the calling hours.
Media interested in covering the funeral must RSVP to State Police PIO Headquarters at (518) 457-2180 no later than 12pm, Friday, July 14th.
A member of the State Police will be available to speak to the media before the funeral service at approximately 12 p.m.
Fort Drum is a secure federal installation and an RSVP is required for media access. Media who have RSVP'd will need to assemble at the Media Operations Center on Route 26 NO LATER than 11 a.m. on Saturday morning for a security sweep prior to entering post. All media members planning to enter post must have valid identification with photo or they will not be allowed to enter.
There will be a media area available in front of the Magrath Sports Complex with a full view of the procession.
Pool video of the service will be made available via satellite. Coordinates will be provided on Friday. Members of the media will be allowed into a designated area of the complex during the service.
There will be a conference call for planning and coordination purposes at 2 p.m. on Friday. A representative from attending media should call (315)774-9400, pin # 10105892, by 1:55pm.
Directions to Fort Drum for media
Take the 781/Fort Drum exit and then take the Gouverneur exit to the right after about 2 miles - DO NOT ATTEMPT TO ENTER POST. At the light at the bottom of the ramp turn left onto RT 11. At the next light (approximately 3 miles), turn right onto RT 26. Proceed past 45th Infantry Division gate, where the community members will enter post to attend the funeral. Proceed through the next two lights (you will see gates onto Fort Drum on your right and onto the airfield on your left). Take the next left after the airfield gate to enter the Media Operations Center.
From Route 3:
Turn left onto Route 26 from Route 3 in Great Bend (you will see Stewarts Gas Station on your right). After approximately half a mile you will see the entrance to the Media Operations Center on your right. If you get to the light to turn onto the airfield you have gone too far.
Note for law enforcement and the public:
Those attending the calling hours or the funeral must enter through the 45th Infantry Gate on Route 26. There will be signs from I-81/781 and also Route 3 directing traffic to the entrance.