Organizers for the emergency vehicle procession being held Tuesday in honor of Brigitte Heller, the county’s emergency medical services coordinator who died Thursday, are advising residents interested in seeing the procession not to stop along the side of the road.
People interested in watching the procession should find a parking lot away from traffic so they are not driving and watching at the same time, and should keep their vehicles away from the roadsides along the route, according to an email from Washington County Division of Emergency Services Emergency Planner Sam Anderson.
People who want to watch can stand along the roadways, except for the interstates, but should stay off the streets to stay safe, Deputy Director Charlie Summers said.
Approximately 30 emergency service vehicles are expected to participate in the procession, officials said. The Washington County Division of Emergency Services has asked each fire and rescue company to limit participation to one vehicle, according to an email from Summers. Vehicles from the county department and family vehicles also are expected to be in the procession, according to officials with the county and Osborne Funeral Home.
The procession will start Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Osborne Funeral Home in Williamsport and end at about 1:45 p.m. at Hagerstown Community College, where a celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. at the college’s Athletic, Recreation and Community Center.
From Williamsport, the procession will take Md. 68, or Clear Spring Road, northwest toward Clear Spring. The procession, if it starts on time, should be near the Windy Hill Restaurant on Clear Spring Road at about 11:14 a.m., according to an email from Summers.
From Clear Spring Road, the procession will head east on Interstate 70. It will head north on Interstate 81, going to the Halfway Boulevard exit and taking Halfway Boulevard east. The procession is expected to be on Halfway Boulevard, near York Road, at about 11:26 a.m.
The procession will turn north on Virginia Avenue, then left on Burhans Boulevard and take Pennsylvania Avenue north of Hagerstown.
It is expected to be in the area of Burhans Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue at about 11:31 a.m.
The procession is expected to arrive at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Longmeadow Road at 11:33 a.m.
Turning onto Longmeadow Road, the procession will pass by Longmeadow Volunteer Fire Co. at about 11:45 a.m.
Then the procession will turn south on Md. 60, or Leitersburg Pike and turn left on Eastern Boulevard before turning left onto Jefferson Boulevard. The procession is expected to be at the intersection of Eastern and Jefferson boulevards around 11:54 a.m.
The procession will stay on Jefferson Boulevard, passing Robinwood Drive to continue to Md. 66, or Mapleville Road. It should be just west of the intersection of Jefferson Boulevard and Mapleville Road around 12:03 p.m.
The emergency vehicles will take Mapleville Road south, arriving at the traffic circle at Mount Aetna Road around 12:09 p.m.
Staying on Mapleville Road, the procession will turn right onto Mill Point Road to get to Alternate U.S. 40.
It is expected to pass in front of Boonsboro Ambulance & Rescue, on Alternate U.S. 40 north of Boonsboro, around 12:21 p.m.
Then it will take Alternate U.S. 40 south into Boonsboro, turning right on Md. 34 to go to Sharpsburg. The procession is expected to be at Cemetery Hill, east of Sharpsburg, around 12:32 p.m.
The emergency vehicles will head north on Md. 65, also known as Sharpsburg Pike.
The procession will turn into the Washington County Agricultural Education Center property to give the family an opportunity to take a break and is expected to leave there at 1:25 p.m. to continue north on Sharpsburg Pike, past Heller’s home.
The procession will turn from Md. 65 onto East Oak Ridge Drive, and will take a one-lane bridge into Funkstown, going by the Funkstown fire hall. The procession is expected to travel through Funkstown around 1:38 p.m.
The line of emergency vehicles will turn left onto Edgewood Drive, which turns into Robinwood Drive.
The community college is off of Robinwood Drive.