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What to expect today in Columbia, KY
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Adair County Judge Executive Ann Melton and Columbia Mayor Mark D. Harris have announced that both the CJE's office and City Hall will be closed at 12pm noon CT, today, Monday, July 11, 2011, in readiness for the funeral service at 1pm CT today for Charles Victor Sparks (1961-2011), at the Columbia Christian Church.
Both chief executives have asked citizens to help maintain respectful silence during the visitation and the funeral service today.
Early this morning large numbers of citizens, past and present public officials, and uniformed safety officers from across the state have paid respects in the visitation now in progress at the church.
By noon today, the community is expected to be filled to capacity with fire fighters, EMS personnel, and State Fire Marshals who will be taking part in the ceremonies honoring the fallen hero.
Already, fire units are lined up on Lindsey Hill in preparation for the procession from the church to the final burial site at Haven Hill Cemetery.
Columbia/Adair County Fire Department Public Affairs Officer Donald Hare has issued protocol for media covering the funeral, including specific requests to respect the privacy of the immediate family, with no video or photography inside the church and no video/photography of the immediate family at any time during the services.
Mr. Hare also reminded both the media and the public to avoid making any unnecessary noise during the services, requesting media helicopters to maintain at least one mile of separation from the procession.
Officials are expecting an overflow crowd at the service today. The exact times of events, beyond the funeral time, is only estimated, but Mayor Harris said that he expected most of this afternoon to be given over, appropriately, to the service.
The funeral program will include the following:
Following the funeral service, there will be a procession led by uniformed members of the Columbia/Adair County Fire Department, on foot, leading Engine No. 3, bearing the body of the Charles Sparks immediately behind them, followed by other units including at least two or three bagpipe ensembles and possibly a drum unit - Mr. Hare was uncertain at the time of this post, and other select vehicles. The procession will proceed south on Campbellsville Street to Merchant, along Merchant Street past the Columbia/Adair County Fire Department Building and under the flags at half mast hung from the ladder of Ladder One, to High Street, and south on that street past the Adair 911 Center, to Greensburg Street, to the Public Square and back north on Campbellsville Street to the Columbia Christian Church.
Motorized procession from Church to Cemetery
Back at the church, the cortege will become the motorized procession reforming for the route out Fairground Street. It will be joined by the long line-up of fire trucks and emergency vehicles and private vehicles which will proceed to Haven Hill Cemetery for interment ceremonies there.
Residents should expect a great number of vehicles in the procession, which may be more than can be parked along the lanes inside the cemetery. If that should be the case, they will be parked along Liberty Road, Mr. Hare said.
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