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CT officers ride to MA to honor fallen sister

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Ashley Guindon was honored by officers from across the country over the weekend. (CNN photos) Ashley Guindon was honored by officers from across the country over the weekend. (CNN photos)
Hartford officers prepare to leave for MA. (WFSB photo) Hartford officers prepare to leave for MA. (WFSB photo)
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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WFSB) -

Police officers from Connecticut headed north to Massachusetts to honor a fallen sister who was killed mere honors into her first shift.

Ashley Guindon died in the line of duty on her first day of work, according to William County, VA police.

Monday morning, silence was broken on High Street in Hartford by the low rumble of Hartford police's motorcycles.

Officers gathered before heading to Guindon's funeral in Springfield, MA.

 "I've done many funerals," said Sgt. Anthony Pia, Hartford police. "It doesn't get easier any time you do them.”

Pia echoes the thoughts of his department's motorcycle unit, which was also joined by officers from West Hartford and East Hartford.

"Obviously it’s sad anytime an officer loses [his or her] life," said Lt. Chris Chappell, West Hartford police. "It’s even worse when it's your first day on the job.”

Sunday morning, Connecticut police officers escorted Guindon's body as she was driving back home to Massachusetts. Guindon is originally from West Springfield, MA. 

Police said the 28-year-old was shot and killed by a suspect during a domestic violence call on Feb. 27.

She had been a county police officer before, but had just been sworn in for her first day.

Two of her colleagues were also wounded.

"Police officers around the country, when we hear of a police officer being killed in the line of duty, that is a tragic and significant event," said Chief MacNamara, Fairfield police.

Officer Down, a website that tracks police violence, said the number of officers who were shot in the line of duty is up 500 percent from this time last year.

Guindon's funeral took place Monday morning.

More than 100 Connecticut officers were there for the service.

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