Funeral being held for officer killed her 1st day on the job

Funeral being held for officer killed her 1st day on the job

Funeral being held for officer killed her 1st day on the job

On Sunday, police officers and others gathered in Agawam, Mass. Sunday to honor officer Ashley Guindon.

Guindon was fatally shot while McKeown and Hempen were wounded.

The Rev. Mark Stelzer, himself the son of a former Springfield police chief, noted during his homily the risks officers face every day. "When you find out this stems from domestic violence, it hits us all very hard".

Officer Guindon, a Springfield native, was killed on her first day of duty at the Prince William County Police Department in Virginia.

"[Officer Guindon] should be remembered for her tremendous life of service, to her nation, to the people whose communities she worked to keep safe, for the sacrifices that she has made and her family have made on behalf of all of us".

More than 5,000 officers are expected to attend.

Congressman Richard Neal said, "We're always reminded that when they go out the door, and they kiss that loved one goodbye or say goodbye that morning, nobody is for sure certain as to when they're coming back". Guindon is originally from West Springfield, MA.

Burial will be at St. Thomas the Apostle cemetery in West Springfield. She lived in western MA before her family moved to New Hampshire.

Police motorcycles also lined the route while hundreds of officers stood at attention outside the church.

She had been a county police officer before, but had just been sworn in for her first day.

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