Firefighters stood on top of their truck in pouring rain, dozens of peoplealigned with the viaducts of Knoxville, Tennessee, to Fairfax County, Virginia , and many more joined in escorting a motorcade, all in honor of US Army sergeant major. Ryan Knauss , one of the 13 service members who were killed in Afghanistan during an attack on Kabul airport last month.
The Fairfax County Police Department led the procession on Thursday along I-66 East to I-495 Southin Virginia, carrying the body of the 23-year-old Knoxville native. at Arlington National Cemetery.
Before their departure, the service police says anyone wishing to show respect "is requested to be present on the viaducts along the road.
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And there were many supporters to honor Knauss.
"When we heard about this hero who was killed in action in Afghanistan and we found out it was driving through our house in Fairfax County, we knew right away we had to find a way to pay our respects, "Police Chief Kevin Davis told 7News.
As the motorcade escorted the hearse down the highway, firefighters, police and community members lined up on each viaduct along the road to show their support. A helicopter also flew over.
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Fire Chief John Butler also paid tribute to the fallen soldier.
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"As a Marine who is no longer on active duty, and as the Chief of firefighters, these two worlds came together, "said Chief Butler. " I was also serving in combat zones and seeing many of my colleagues die in the line of duty, whenever one of these things happened, it touches me. "
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Prior to being interred in Arlington National Cemetery at 1 p.m. on September 21, a separate funeral service will be held in Alexandria at the Mynatt Funeral Home. The time and date have not been
Knox County Sheriff Tom Spangler will provide a escort to the funeral home.
"As Knox County Sheriff and Veteran, I am honored to provide Mynatt Funeral Home with an escort as they carry on Transportation Master Sgt. Ryan. Knauss of Knoxville at the funeral receiver in Alexandria. This young hAs deserves our honor and respect while he sacrificed his life in the service of our country, an escort is the least we can do to show our gratitude, said Spangler .
"I would like to publicly thank Mynatt Funeral Accueil for their generosity in transporting Staff Sergeant Knauss. They are a real asset to our community. In conclusion, I want the family to know that we will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers, ”added the sheriff.