BUFFALO, N.Y. – University at Buffalo Police this week
welcome almost 50 police and law enforcement officers from
throughout New York State taking part in the first police honor
guard training of its kind in the Western New York area.
The officers will receive training in numerous topics relevant
to honor guards and carrying out these ceremonies, such as
marching, color guards, flag etiquette, rifle salutes and funeral
Fourteen different New York State agencies are represented in
the weeklong classes, being held June 3-7, all on UB’s North
Campus. Police and law enforcement officials from Buffalo State
College, Cornell University and various municipalities such as
Cheektowaga and North Tonawanda, as well as officials from the New
York State Department of Environmental Protection, are among the 48
students taking the rigorous five days of course instructions.
The sessions will conclude at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 7, with a
simulated “Full Honors” funeral ceremony that begins at
the UB Newman Center on Skinnersville Road and continues with a
procession to the Skinnersville Cemetery on Frontier Road.
“This is the first-of-its-kind formalized police honor
guard training in this area,” says UB Police Officer Brendon
Zubek, who organized the training session. “It’s a way
to help us honor and remember our fallen brothers and sisters.
“These ceremonies are to provide a service to the families
to temporary relieve them of their grief.”
Previous police training was based on military protocol,
according to Zubek, and police protocol for honor guards is not the
The training is being conducted by the DFL Honor Guard Training
Group from Goshen, Ind. Officer David Cudahee from the Niagara
Falls Police Department will play bagpipes for Friday’s
closing ceremony. Sgt. Eric Sheffer from the U.S. Army Honor
Guard will be the bugler.
Donations made by Amigone Funeral Home will be used in the honor
guard training. All training exercises will take place at the UB
Newman Center and the Skinnersville Cemetery.