WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Hundreds of police officers saluted Ashley Guindon one final time, as a hearse carried her body to its final resting place in West Springfield on Monday.
Amherst Police Sgt. Jesus Arocho told 22News twelve police officers from their department rode in the funeral procession on Monday to pay their final respects to the fallen officer. “Nobody wants to see anybody cut short like that, and a person with such a promising career too, who had potential and didn’t get to reach that potential,” he said.
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Many of the local police officers in western Massachusetts said the death of Ashley Guindon hits close to home for them. Ashley Guindon was a police officer in Virginia, but she was born in Springfield and spent part of her childhood in Agawam.
A group from the Patriot Guard Rider Organization, which attends funerals for members of the military, firefighters, and police officers stood on side of the road during the funeral procession with American flags to show their support.
Patriot Guard Rider Ed Boutin told 22News Guindon is a local hero, and they wanted to honor her memory. “Once we heard she had passed away, we decided to come over here. She grew up in Springfield, where a lot of us come from,” he said.
We’re only in March, and already a dozen police officers have been shot and killed in the line of duty this year.
State trooper Dustin Fitch told 22News it’s a tragic reminder of how dangerous their job is. “It’s tough because it could be one of us. It’s tragic no matter if it’s your first day or your 30th year,” he said.
Guindon was killed on her very first shift.
Her death was tragic for police officers, and for local residents who lined the streets of West Springfield and Agawam to say their final goodbyes to the fallen hero.