WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Funeral services were held Monday for the Virginia police officer shot and killed on her first day on the job.
Officer Ashley Guindon was born in Springfield, Massachusetts and her body was returned to her hometown to be laid to rest next to her father.
Thousands gathered in West Springfield to honor Guindon and remind her family she will not be forgotten. Law enforcement officers from near and far arrived to pay their respects to a fellow officer who gave the ultimate sacrifice. The procession included motorcycle units, the honor guard and hundreds and hundreds of officers who greeted Guindon's body as it came back to Springfield for the funeral.
The 28-year-old was fatally shot while responding to a domestic disturbance in Woodbridge, Virginia. It was Guindon’s first day as a Prince William county officer.
"She didn't even have the opportunity to go home and tell her family what happened on her first day of work," said Hartford Police Lt. Christine Mertes, who was at the funeral.
Guindon was also a corporal in the US Marine reserves and had a master's degree in forensic science.
She was born in Springfield and spent part of her childhood in Agawam before moving to New Hampshire with her parents. Her uncle is a detective for the West Springfield Police Department.