Solemn Arrival for a Sacred Service

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

After the procession, hundreds of emergency personnel, family and friends flowed through the front doors of First Baptist Church. That is where comrades of the fallen heroes marked their final mission through a solemn ceremony.

Medical helicopters touched down one by one to remember an air medic crew taken too soon.

"We're here to support them, to show them that they are not forgotten," Tony Herrera, a medical helicopter crew member said. "We're all one big family. It's a very small community, but I want them to be remembered."

PHI helicopters criss-crossed the sky and hundreds of emergency personnel from across the state drove side by side through a sea of blue.

Bagpipers lead the processional into the church, and as family members wiped away tears, an honor guard marked the fallen heroes arrival.

Some of those who came to remember, knew those who perished. Others in attendance just came to say thanks to those who put their lives on the line everyday.


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