WMass says goodbye to GySgt. Sullivan

GySgt Thomas Sullivan. Image courtesy: John Sullivan

SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) — Local residents will say goodbye to a local hero who was killed in last week’s Chattanooga shooting. The wake for Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan will be held in Springfield Sunday afternoon.

It’s a sad day here in western Massachusetts, as friends and family prepare to say goodbye to Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan.
Sunday’s wake is open to the public, so it is also a chance for you to say goodbye to the local hero.

Calling hours will be from 1:00 to 5:00 Sunday afternoon at Sampson’s Chapel of the Acres Funeral Home, which is located at 21 Tinkham Road in Springfield.

If you don’t plan on attending Sunday’s wake, police are urging you to avoid the East Forest Park and Sixteen Acres section of the city.

Drivers will want to avoid Parker Street, Wilbraham Road and Tinkham Road between 1:00 and 5:00 Sunday afternoon.

Keep in mind Sunday’s wake is open to the public, but Monday’s funeral and burial are both private. The funeral will be held at Holy Cross Church on Plumtree Road at 10:30 Monday morning. Police will shut down Plumtree Road between Allen Street and Roosevelt Avenue for about 4 hours tomorrow morning, starting at 8:30 AM.

A funeral procession will escort Gunnery Sgt. Sullivan’s body from the church to the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Agawam. The procession will go down Plumtree Rd, Allen Street, Palmyra Street and Sumner Ave.

That’s when you’ll be able to show your support for Gunnery Sgt. Sullivan one last time, by lining up along Sumner Ave. at noon, and waving flags in honor of the local hero.

There will also be road closures and traffic in the area Monday.

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