“I’m glad that people did come out to show their respect, there’s different fire department here from all over,” she said. “It’s really sad. My husband was on the Washington Twp. Fire Department and this could’ve been him.”
Flory, whose husband with with the lieutenant, said she hopes that everyone realizes the importance of wearing a face mask and taking safety precautions to prevent spreading coronavirus.
The procession began around 11:15 a.m. at Fairhaven Church on East Whipp Road in Centerville and was escorted by Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office deputies. It also included Engine 42, the vehicle representing where Guernsey was stationed, as well as additional fire apparatus and family and friends who were invited to the private funeral service.
Guernsey started his career in 1990 with the Washington Twp. Fire Department, which provides EMS and fire protection to the township and city of Centerville. Before that he served in the U.S. Navy.
Social distancing and masks were required at all times along the procession route out of respect for the family’s request, according to the township.