(WALA) - The Patriot Guard Riders will escort the remains of Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Fernando Jorge to Mobile Regional Airport Friday. Also, a wake will be held in Thomasville Friday night to honor of Petty Officer Third Class Andrew Knight.
Both were Coast Guardsmen killed in the February 28 helicopter crash over Mobile Bay. Two other guardsmen were also killed in the crash.
CPO Jorge's body was found the night of the crash by search and rescue teams.
Response personnel found the bodies of Lt. Cmdr. Dale Taylor and Lt. j.g. Thomas Cameron on March 1. PO3 Knight's body was recovered March 8.
The accident itself is still under investigation.
The procession for CPO Jorge will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 16, at the intersection of Cottage Hill Road and Schillinger Road in west Mobile. It will then travel west on Airport Boulevard to Mobile Regional Airport. The riders have asked the public to stand along Airport Boulevard between Schillinger and the Mobile Regional Airport in support of Jorge.
The Patriot Guard Riders is a group of motorcyclists who attends the funerals of service people as invited guests of the family of the military member. They also ride along with the funeral procession.
CPO Jorge's ashes will be flown from Mobile Regional Airport to his final resting place in Palos Verdes, California.
Services will also be held for PO3 Andrew Knight this weekend. Friday, March 16, Knight's family will hold a wake from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Thomasville. A funeral will be held Saturday, March 17, at Thomasville Baptist Church beginning at 11 a.m.
Overflow parking on Friday night will be available across Highway 5 at the North Chase Shopping Center. Shuttle services will be provided by Thomasville Baptist Church and will run from the shopping center's parking lot to the funeral home.
On Saturday, those wishing to show their respects for Knight are asked to line Highway 43 beginning at Wilson Avenue and continue south to Alabama Southern Community College and Pineview Baptist Church. The public is asked to be in place no later than 11:15 a.m.
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