Indiana Fraternal Order of Police called to help funeral plans for Jackie Walorski
GRANGER, Ind. – A lot of behind-the-scenes funeral planning is underway for the late Congresswoman, Jackie Walorski, and the Indiana Fraternal Order of Police Critical Incident/Memorial Committee was called to help.
“What our team does it if we’re requested by a police department, we will come in and we will assist the agency, the family, the funeral home, and the church, and facilitate all of the honors rendered for an officer killed in the line of duty,” said Chairman Joe Hamer. “In this circumstance, we were requested by the family.”
The visitation begins Wednesday at noon at Granger Community Church, and the public is welcome to attend.
A funeral service will be held Thursday morning at 11 a.m. followed by a funeral procession from the church to Southlawn Cemetery.
For those wishing to pay their respects, Grissom Middle School, near the intersection of Kern and Elm Street in Mishawaka, will be a designated area for the public to watch the procession go by.
Walorski will be given the honor of a Garrison flag, which will hang above the road on Jackson & Elm Street. Only the funeral procession will be allowed to drive under the flag.
All the planning is no small task, Hamer said, as he compared it to the stress of planning a wedding for 5,000 in a matter of five days.
“We have to plan for everything. We have take every little minor detail into consideration.”
When dealing with dignitaries from the U.S. Capitol and all over the country, Hamer said security is a top priority.
“We’re dealing with congress people, senators from Washington D.C. coming in, so we have a lot of security concerns,” he said. “Hopefully, it won’t be seen. A lot of it is going to be covert.”