Community members are invited to participate in or line procession routes on Friday and Saturday in honor of Bradley P. Holmes, 21, a Pine Township Engine Company firefighter who passed away March 5 after being injured Feb. 29 in the line of duty.

A foot procession will begin at about 6:45 p.m. Friday (3-7-08) at Fellowship Community Church on North Broad Street, the former site of Church of the Beloved Disciple. The procession will follow Chestnut Street, cross Shawn A. Graham Veterans Memorial Bridge, turn onto Harvard Street and end at Cunningham Funeral Home, 306 Bessemer Ave. Calling hours will take place there from 2 to 4 and also 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.

A funeral service is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday (3-8-08) and will take place in the gymnasium of Grove City College's Physical Learning Center. The Rev. Allen Patterson and the Rev. G. Kenton Shaw, pastors of Wayside Community Church, Findley Township, will officiate. No photos or video will be permitted during the service.

Following the service, flag-draped ladder trucks will lead a vehicle procession from the college, down Madison Avenue to East Pine Street, and finally to South Broad Street, which turns into Route 173. The procession will end at Crestview Memorial Park.

Holmes suffered burns over 75 percent of his body while trying to rescue 40-year-old Patricia Andrews-Smith from her burning Grove City apartment on Feb. 29. Smith was pronounced dead at the scene. Pine Township firefighter Scott King was also injured in the blaze.

Holmes is survived by his parents, Joseph and Debbie Holmes, and a brother and his fiance, Christopher Holmes and Alisha Graham.

Contributions in Holmes' memory may be made to the Brad Holmes Fund in care of Northwest Savings Bank, 200 S. Center St., Grove City 16127.

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