Great support for firefighters

COMING HOME–Aug 30, 2016, firefighters and other law enforcement personnel from surrounding communities join in the procession from Minneapolis, MN, to L’Anse to accompany the two fallen Beartown Firefighters, Alan “AJ” Swartz and James “Jimmy” Shelifoe. They lost their lives in a single-vehicle accident in Blaine, MN, en route to a fire at Box Canyon in Utah on Saturday, Aug 27, 2016. The procession reached its final destination at Reid Funeral Service in L’Anse at approximately 6 p.m. on Aug 30.

by Melissa Lehto
Crowds lined the roadway from Minneapolis, MN, to Reid’s Funeral Service in L’Anse as the bodies of the two young firefighters, Alan “AJ” Swartz and James “Jimmy” Shelifoe, were escorted home on Tuesday, Aug 30, 2016. Officers from the Keweenaw Bay Tribal Police, Tony Loonsfoot and Jake Misegan, drove to Minneapolis on Monday evening, Aug 29, arriving around 10:30 p.m., to lead the procession to L’Anse the next morning. The procession left Minneapolis from the Thomas-Dougherty Funeral Home at approximately 6:30 a.m. CST, arriving in Baraga on Superior Avenue around 4:15 p.m. EST. According to Loonsfoot the trip home took longer than anticipated, but could not have been done without the help of the surrounding communities and their local authorities along the way.  To read more, subscribe to the L’Anse Sentinel online, or buy a print copy at our local retailers.