The public is invited to attend services to show their respect and honor K-9 Officer Seara Burton and her sacrifice for the City of Richmond.

The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26, in Richmond High School’s Tiernan Center, 380 Hub Etchison Parkway, Richmond. Doors will open to the public at 10 a.m.

Streets surrounding RHS will be closed Monday, including the G Street Bridge, to accommodate the mourners at Burton’s funeral. Law enforcement vehicles will be lined up along Hub Etchison Parkway.

Anyone wishing to join the procession after the funeral should head south down the parkway to be directed as to where to park.

Those not planning to join the procession after the service, please either park and walk, or make use of the city’s free shuttle service.

Shuttle locations
Shuttles will begin running at 9 a.m. from various parking lots across Richmond. Riders will be dropped off in front of Tiernan Center. Shuttles start only after the procession leaves. It could be an hour or two after the service until you make it back to your vehicle.

Drop-off locations:
100 S. 10th St. (City Parking Lot)
2300 W. National Road (PACE Center)
9 S.W. 13th St. (Cordell Municipal Pool)
50 N. Fifth St. (Richmond City Building)
In addition, the parking lot at Dennis Middle School (222 N.W. 7th St.) will have accessibility parking for anyone with mobility issues. The city’s paratransit buses will run the shuttles between Dennis and the city building.

Service schedule
Law enforcement officers attending the funeral will file past Burton’s casket starting at 11 a.m. until all are seated, followed by K-9 partners and handlers.

Indiana Fraternal Order of Police officials expect that process to last between 60 to 90 minutes.

Seven speakers and musical performances likely will begin at approximately 12:30 p.m. and last about an hour.

Public safety officers will exit, followed by Burton’s family, and then the public. Burton then will be loaded into the funeral coach.

Police expect the first vehicle will leave RHS at approximately 2 to 2:30 p.m. The procession could close westbound U.S. 40 for more than an hour.

The procession is expected to take 3 to 3 1/2 hours to reach Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.

The procession will pause in front of the Richmond Police Department at 50 N. Fifth St. for the final 10-42 (end of service) dispatch call. The procession will then continue under a Garrison Flag, which will be located at First and West Main streets.

Here’s the planned route:

• Richmond High School to Southwest G Street
• East (Left) on Southwest G Street to South 5th Street
• North(Left) onto South 5th Street to North A Street (US 40)
• West (Left) onto North A Street (US 40) to East Main Street
• West(Right) on East Main Street to Southwest 5th Street
• South(Left) on Southwest 5th Street to US 40
• West (Right) on US 40 to Illinois Street
• North (Right) on Illinois Street to 34th Street
• West (Left) onto 34th Street into Crown Hill Cemetery
Burton will be laid to rest in the section dedicated to Heroes of Public Safety.

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Millicent Martin Emery is a reporter and editor for the Western Wayne News.