Public invited to fallen firefighter funeral, procession

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - One of our very own from Southern Arizona will be laid to rest Wednesday and the public is invited to the service.

The tribute for William Warneke begins tomorrow as his body is flown back to Southern Arizona.

Fallen Granite Mountain Hotshot William "Billy" Warneke's remains will be flown in by a black hawk helicopter to the Marana Northwest Regional Airport.

Preparations are well underway for his procession.

Warneke was from Avra Valley and is leaving behind a wife and an unborn child.

Aside from being a firefighter, he was also in the United State Marine Corps.

On Wednesday, first responders from all over the state will honor him before he's laid to rest.

The procession will be a traditional firefighter and Marine Corps service. It will include the honor guard, a 21 gun salute and military flyovers.

The procession will end at the Marana Mortuary.

The funeral service and the procession will be open to the public, but organizers recommend to get there as early as possible.

"There are many areas along the roadways that the public can come out, stand at the side of the road and as that procession goes by, have that moment to pay their last respects to firefighter Warneke."

The procession will start around 3:15 p.m. More than 100 first responder vehicles are expected to participate in this six and a half mile procession.

Theprocession will run the following course from the Marana Airport:
- West on Avra Valley Road to Sanders,
- North on Sanders to Moore,
- East on Moore to Sandario,
- North on Sandario to Barnett ,
- West on Barnett to the Marana Mortuary

Pleasenote, Barnett will be changed to a single direction of travel from Sandario toSanders (East to West).

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