Buffalo Police Officer Laid to Rest

December 30, 2011 Updated Dec 30, 2011 at 9:40 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

December 30, 2011 Updated Dec 30, 2011 at 9:40 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - Close to 800 people filled True Bethel Baptist Church on East Ferry Street in Buffalo Friday to remember a fallen Buffalo Police Officer.

57-year-old Anthony Douglas, a 29 year veteran of the Buffalo Police Department, was off-duty when his car crashed on Main Street near Depew Avenue earlier this month.

Douglas succumbed to his injuries on Christmas.

Instead of mourning, the family wanted to celebrate his life on Friday and held a special ceremony for Douglas.

Family and friends shared fond memories of Douglas, who they described as a 'Jack of all Trades". Douglas pursued a nursing career before joining the police department. He worked in plumbing and welding, and was also a member of the Buffalo Youth and PBA.

"Your memory is my keepsake, with which I'll never part, God has you in his keeping, I have you in my heart," Douglas' Sister Vernell read from a poem.

The Mayor of Buffalo proclaimed December 30th, 2011 as Officer Anthony Lee Douglas Senior Day in the City of Buffalo.

Douglas is survived by his wife Hazel of 35 years, his two children, 6 grandchildren and his extended family.