SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Family and friends will say their final goodbyes to Officer Ashley Guindon Monday.
Guindon gained national attention after she was shot and killed during her first shift as a police officer in Virginia last weekend.
Monday’s funeral will be held at the Sacred Heart Church in Springfield at 11:00 a.m. A funeral procession is then scheduled to carry her body to its final resting place at St. Thomas Apostle Cemetery in West Springfield. There, Guindon will be buried next to her father.
Procession Route Information:
The procession route from the Agawam Funeral Home: Main Street in Agawam over the Agawam/West Springfield bridge to Memorial Avenue. The procession will travel down Memorial Avenue and go over the Memorial Bridge into Springfield. In Springfield it will travel on Boland Way, making a left on Main Street, turning right onto Liberty Street before ending at Sacred Heart Church on Chestnut Street.
From the church, the procession will travel toward Carew Street, making a left onto Carew Street. It will continue onto West Street over the North End Bridge down Park Street, making a right onto Elm Street before making a left onto Kings Highway towards the cemetery.
Agawam is closing Main Street from Cooper Street to the Agawam/West Springfield bridge by the Big E from 8:00AM to 11:00AM.
The intersection at the bridge will be closed for the procession.
School buses and parents dropping kids off to school will be allowed access as well as employees of businesses in the affected area.
Springfield will close Chestnut Street from Carew to Liberty Street from 9:00AM to 12:00PM. Also at 9:30AM Springfield will close Main Street, Liberty Street and Chestnut Streets on the procession route until the procession clears.
Once the procession gets to Memorial Avenue, Springfield will shut down Boland Way and the East Columbus and Main Street intersections until the procession passes. Around 12:00PM police will block Carew, Main and West Street along the procession route to the North End Bridge until the procession passes by.
If you would like to show your support for the fallen officer, Springfield police are asking you to line up on Main Street between Boland Way and Worthington Street prior by 10AM.
West Springfield will restrict traffic as the procession travels through over the North End Bridge to Park Street, Elm Street and finally to Kings Highway. That should last about 10-15 minutes on Memorial Avenue after the funeral.
West Springfield is encouraging people to line up along Park, Elm and King Highway into the cemetery for her final ride to her resting place by noon.
Monday’s crowd of support will be in addition to the thousands of people went to the Agawam Funeral Home for the 28-year-old’s wake Sunday.
Lowell Police Captain Kevin Sullivan told 22News he wanted to honor Guindon’s life and be there for her family.
“We’re very sorry for Ashley’s family, and her friends and co-workers,” Sullivan said. “We’re really glad they came up here from Virginia and we’re here to support them in any way we can.”
Guindon was born in Springfield before moving to New Hampshire as a child. Her uncle, Thomas Guindon, is a detective with the West Springfield Police Department.
If you can’t make it to the funeral procession, we’ll also be streaming it live here on WWLP.com.