I thought I'd share some of the photographs I took to document my day last Thursday. Many of you may have watched the news footage of the memorial service for Pittsburgh's fallen heroes, but these are snapshots from a simple volunteer on the street.
My Citizen's Police Academy Alumni group was told to meet at 8AM at Heinz Field. I wasn't entirely sure what I was going to be doing. Turns out, we were directing the incoming police vehicles from all across the country into different parking lots according to whether they were just going to the service at the Petersen's Event Center or whether they were going to one of the graveside services, as well.
This is one of the lots early on.
There were an incredible number of motorcycles, too. At one point, two officers with less dressy uniforms, obviously from a smaller department checked out the bikes and where they were from and I overheard one say to the other, "Even THEY have a motorcycle!"
This is the Allegheny County Police Memorial with three wreaths and pictures of our heroes: Stephen Mayhle, Paul Sciullo II, and Eric Kelly.
This is part of the line of police vehicles coming into the Heinz Field parking lot.
Once our job was done, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police provided a bus to take us to the memorial service. We made it out of the parking lot ahead of everyone else and were feeling quiet pleased with ourselves for getting onto the highway and into Oakland before the roads were closed to traffic. We slipped into the lanes that were being barracaded for the processional and buzzed past miles of traffic gridlock.
Once they arrived, they started filling in the steps in front of the Petersen.
These guys were with the New Jersey State Police and were SHARP in their pale blue dress uniforms.
More officers and more officers made their way up the hill and up the steps.