Hundreds of cops pay respects to officer killed her 1st day

Police line up for the funeral procession of Prince William County, Va., Police Officer Ashley Guindon, Monday, March 7, 2016, in Springfield, Mass. Guindon, 28, a Springfield native, was killed during her first shift on the job Feb. 27 while responding to a domestic dispute in Woodbridge, Va. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Virginia policewoman who was fatally shot her first day on the job was laid to rest next to her father in a Massachusetts cemetery Monday after a stirring tribute from hundreds of officers from around the country who came to pay their final respects.

The flag-draped casket of 28-year-old Ashley Guindon made its way from a funeral home to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Springfield along a route lined by hundreds of saluting officers standing next to their motorcycles. Hundreds more stood at attention outside the church before filing inside to the sound of a bagpiper.

The Rev. Mark Stelzer, himself the son of a former Springfield police chief, noted during his homily the risks officers face every day.

“Those of us who grew up in a law enforcement family know firsthand the constant fear that any day of a loved one’s duty as a police officer could be his or her last day of duty,” he said. “Any day could spell the end of watch.”

Guindon was killed Feb. 27 while responding to a domestic dispute at a home in Woodbridge, Virginia, her first day with the Prince William County Police Department. An Army staff sergeant assigned to the Pentagon was arrested on murder and other charges in the death of Guindon and another person.

“She came to our department all too briefly with such passion, drive and a desire to serve,” Stephan Hudson, police chief of Prince William County, said in his eulogy.

Guindon spent her early years in western Massachusetts before her family moved to New Hampshire.

After the funeral, her hearse was accompanied to St. Thomas the Apostle cemetery in West Springfield by dozens of police motorcycles as schoolchildren and other residents lined the streets. A Marine Corps honor guard stood at attention for the former Marine reservist at the cemetery.

Guindon was laid to rest next to her father, David, who died in 2004. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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