Allan Appel photo

More than 1,000 officers in a long blue line saluted as the casket of fallen Sgt. Dario Aponte was carried into St. Michael’s Ukrainian Church for his funeral mass.

A pipe and drum corps played “Going Home,” a mournful slow march, as hundreds of non-uniformed New Haveners joined them, thronging George Street on a rainy Saturday morning to offer their tribute in deep silence and muffled tears.

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