CONNEAUT — The body of U.S. Army Sgt. Cole Walker will arrive in Conneaut tonight, ahead of funeral services planned for this weekend.
Walker died in a training accident on Oct. 20.
Marcy Funeral Home, which is handling Walker’s funeral, has requested that citizens line Main Street tonight, around 10 p.m., to welcome Walker home.
Walker’s body is being transported to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, then to Conneaut.
He will be escorted by marked vehicles during the journey, and organizers are arranging for fire apparatuses to be present on the Route 90 overpasses in Ashtabula County, Kori Marcy Campbell said.
“It looks like every single overpass on Route 90, from the County Line Road all the way to Route 7 should have some kind of an apparatus on it,” said Jonathan Richardson, one of the people helping to organize the tribute.
Richardson is waiting to hear back from a few departments to confirm plans.
“Other than those two, we have every single fire and EMS agency in the county are going to participate,” he said.
The Ohio Patriot Guard Riders Division 3 will be helping to escort the motorcade to Conneaut. Ashtabula County Sheriff William Johnson will lead the motorcade, according to Charlie McGeever, the Patriot Guard Rider road captain for the motorcade.
McGeever could not estimate the size of the motorcycle contingent, because of the number of different groups involved.
Fire departments outside of Ashtabula County are also planning to have equipment stationed on overpasses, McGeever said.
Walker and two other soldiers, Sgt. First Class Bryan Andrew Jenkins and Private First Class Antonio Gilbert Garcia were killed in a training accident on Oct. 20. Three other soldiers were injured in the crash at Fort Stewart in Georgia, and taken to Winn Army Community Hospital.
Two were treated and released, and the third was transported to Memorial Hospital in Savannah, Ga., with non-life-threatening injuries, according to their unit.