WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The body of Ashley Guindon, the Virginia police officer who was killed in the line of duty during her first day on the job, has been returned to western Massachusetts. Guindon, who had been born in Springfield, was flown from an airport in Virginia to Barnes Municipal Airport in Westfield early Wednesday afternoon.
An honor guard from Virginia also arrived in Westfield along with members of Guindon’s family. West Springfield Police and Massachusetts State Police are providing an escort as she is moved to the Agawam Funeral Home.
A wake for Guindon is planned at that funeral home on Sunday from 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M., with a funeral and burial on Monday. The family is asking those interested in paying their respects to meet at the Sacred Heart Church in Springfield, on Monday at 11am. She will be buried next to her father at St. Thomas the Apostle Cemetery in West Springfield.
Guindon was one of three officers who was shot while answering a call about a domestic dispute on Saturday. The two other Prince William County police officers survived. The wife of the suspect in the shooting was found dead. Ronald Hamilton, an Army staff sergeant is charged with capital murder, first-degree murder and malicious wounding.
Below is a statement from Capt. Robert Duffy on behalf of the Officers and Members Of the West Springfield Police Dept.:
What we hold significant is that a member of our law enforcement family was taken from us tragically. Even though most of our department had never met Ashley, some of us knew her father, all of us know her Uncle and all of us know what it takes to do this job. Ashley Guindon’s roots are here in West Springfield.
It takes a very special person to put on this uniform and perform the acts that come with this job. Once you do that, you join a very large family that care deeply for each other. When tragedy reaches your family, you pull together and do whatever you can to help the rest of the family. Assisting with today’s procession was an honor for those who were able to participate.