SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (NEWS10) —Funeral services were held Monday for 28-year-old Virginia Police Officer Ashley Guindon who was shot and killed on her first day of duty when she responded to a domestic argument. Guindon grew up in West Springfield.
The hundreds of people that sat inside the Sacred Heart Church and the hundreds of others that lined the streets of Springfield speaks to the kind of person Officer Ashely Guindon was and to the brother and sisterhood that comes with being part of the law enforcement family.
To the revs of motorcycles, a mile long procession route made up of departments from at least six different states led the hearse carrying Officer Ashely Guindon into a sea of blue.
Family and close friends followed her to the steps of Sacred Heart for a private mass. People walked in with heavy hearts to pay their final respects to a daughter, a niece and a friend.
While many said they find comfort in knowing how much the 28-year-old accomplished in such a short amount of time, they are still grieving knowing she had so much more in store.
News10ABC spoke with officers Monday and they said it’s never easy saying goodbye to a brother or sister. Monday was especially difficult knowing that Officer Guindon wasn’t given more than 24 hours to live out what so many said was her calling and her passion.
“To lose an officer is one thing, to lose an officer on her first day is awful,” said UMass Amherst Officer Mark Whelihan.
After the private mass, a second procession brought Officer Guindon to her final resting place at Saint Thomas Cemetery where she was buried next to her father.
Signs were posted along the highway stretching from New York to Massachusetts that read “Honor and Remember Officer Ashley Guindon.”
The 28-year-old served with the Price William County Police Department in Virginia. Her uncle currently serves on the West Springfield Police Department.
The mayor has encouraged Springfield residents who would like to show their support to Guindon’s family to line the route of the funeral procession.