Gillece Services opened its parking lot and its hearts by sharing the location’s ample grounds (Bridgeville, PA) with a portion of the thousands of emergency vehicles that were lining up to fill the streets in a parade to honor Washington, PA’s slain officer, Joseph David Dryer. Gillece extended its hand to the local community by allowing police officers to bring their vehicles onsite in an effort to meet, organize, and “line up” their police cars before entering onto interstate PA 79. Gillece employees were ready and waiting for officers with open arms, open doors, coffee, donuts, and heart-felt condolences.
The veterinarian turned police officer is being laid to rest today and the huge, honorary drive included police, as well as other emergency vehicles, from all over the tri-state area. According to the AP (Associated Press), “Investigators say Eli Franklin Myers III shot Dryer….and wounded a second officer after being pulled over for expired tags (last Sunday). Myers was (then) shot and killed by police in nearby Webster after a standoff that lasted about 10 hours.”
Officer Dryer’s funeral is scheduled for today at 2:00 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church in Washington, PA, and he will be buried at the West Middletown Cemetery. To learn more about Office Dryer and his personal story, please to go: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11354/1198129-455.stm