Connecticut police officers will be remembering a fallen hero killed in the line of duty last week.
West Springfield native Ashley Guindon died during her first day as a Prince William County Virginia police officer.
She will be laid to rest on Monday at the Sacred Heart Church in Springfield, and hundreds of people are expected to be in attendance, including police officers from Connecticut.
On Sunday morning, police officers in Connecticut helped escort her body back to Massachusetts, where she is originally from.
“Police officers around the country, when we here of a police officer being killed in the line of duty, that is a tragic and significant event,” said Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara. “It humbles us to realize that at any particular moment, at any particular call, any one of us could lose our life in the line of duty.
MacNamara said he estimates about 100 Connecticut officers will be in West Springfield on Monday, including two from his department.
Sadly, he said, funerals like this one are on the rise.
“There's been more incidents around the country of officers killed in the line of duty,” MacNamara said. “I think it concerns every one of our police officers and every one of our police officers families.”
Guindon was shot and killed during a domestic violence call just hours into her first shift.
MacNamara said he hopes everyone finds a way to honor her memory.
“These instances where officers lose their lives is significant, it's tragic. We should all take a pause tomorrow to recognize the sacrifice that she did and her family did,” he said.
The man accused of killing Guindon has been arrested and charged with murder.
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