I wanted to pass along this information from the Patriot Guard Riders to any of you that may be able to participate. I plan on going to pay my respects. If you have a 3′x5′American flag, please bring it with you. Let’s see if we can get a huge turnout to show our support. If you have questions, please email me at email@example.com – Here is the information from the Patriot Guard site;
Confirmed Mission – Police Officer Edward L Witko, 42 – East Greenbush, NY – 8/20
The family of Police Officer Edward L Witko has requested the presence and participation of the Patriot Guard Riders for the funeral services to be held this Friday morning.
Officer Witko was a police officer for the East Greenbush Police Department. He was a very well respected law enforcement officer who had previously served as a corrections officer and then with the Rensselaer Police Department. Officer Witko was also a member of the East Greenbush Police Dept. Emergency Response Team. He also served his community further at various times by being a member of the Clinton Heights Fire Department, E.F.Hart Hose Fire Co, as well as the East Greenbush Fire Department.
Office Witko was off duty when participating, this past Sunday, in a charity motorcycle run when he was tragically killed in a motorcycle / automobile accident near Petersburg, NY.
Officer Witko is survived by his wife and two children. The loss to his family and the community at large will be profound.
WHERE: Church of Saint Mary’s (adjacent to the Rockefeller Funeral Home), 163 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer, NY.
Motorcycles will stage in the K-Mart Parking Lot directly across the street from the funeral home and the church. There will be significant involvement by many Law Enforcement Motorcycles. Many“civilian” motorcycle clubs will also participate. It is recommended that each motorcycle organization stake out a part of the K-mart parking lot to assemble their members – this will allow the members to escort as a unit. Please pass this word along.
WHEN: Friday, August 20th. Church funeral mass will begin at10:00am. Riders should begin to assemble beginning at 9:30am for an escort that should be leaving the church at 11:00am– 11:15am.
Motorcycle motorcade will escort the body of Police Officer Witko to his final resting place at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in East Greenbush.
Patriot Guard Riders will NOT have a flag line present during calling hours on Thursday, 8/19 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. Feel free to stop by and pay your respects to the family and friends of Officer Witko on this day.
PGR will establish a flag line at the cemetery for interment services there. Be sure to have your flags with you. Flag bikes as well…
Let’s have a good turnout to honor the life and service of this fine Police Officer.