Officer William Evans’ body returns to western Massachusetts Wednesday

Berkshire County

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WWLP) – After lying in honor in the Capitol Rotunda, US Capitol Police and Massachusetts native officer William “Billy” Evans was escorted off the Capitol grounds and will be en route to return here to Massachusetts Wednesday evening.

Northampton Fire Department waiting for the procession in Hatfield

The body of Evans was escorted off the Capitol grounds Wednesday morning. Bagpipes played “Amazing Grace” as his casket was carried out. Family members and congressional leaders joined his fellow officers in the ceremony.

Officer Evans plane is expected to land at Bradley International Airport just before 6:00 p.m. Wednesday. A procession will take Evan’s body from Bradley to I-91 north, then onto the Mohawk Trail to Adams. North Adams Police Chief Jason Wood said they expect the procession to arrive in North Adams between 7:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.

Groups of fire and police departments from surrounding communities in Franklin County, including Northampton, will join together to pay respects and honor Officer Evans on the Hatfield overpass on I-91 as the procession drives by. Chief Jon Devine of the Northampton Fire department helped bring the departments together for the emotional tribute.

First Responders from across western Massachusetts showed their support for Officer Evan’s during the procession from Bradley International Airport to his final destination of North Adams.

Tonight, I took part in a procession to bring Officer Billy Evans home to his hometown, his final resting spot. What I witnessed tonight was very moving and humbling. From the staging area on Rte 2, beginning with the words of thanks and gratitude from the Chief of the Capitol Police to all of the law enforcement men and woman gathered, to the procession route lined with young and old, children waving flags, hands on their hearts, people saluting or just standing still. To all the fire Department personnel and ambulance personnel lining the route was just awesome and very moving. I have been doing this job for almost 40 years now and tonight showed me why I love the job I do. You people that came out to show your respects, you rock, and thank you. To Officer Evans, may you Rest In Peace Sir, we’ll take it from here.

Statement on Facebook from Cheshire Police Chief Tim Garner

According to his obituary, a private mass will be held at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church at 11:00 a.m. Thursday morning. A private burial will follow the mass. The Adams Police Department will have several roads closed off, including the Bellevue Cemetery, as the funeral occurs.

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