By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub |
Published April 10, 2019 — 5:00 p.m. EST
Updated April 11, 2019 — 11:30 a.m. EST
The Huron Township Department of Public Safety will be escorting the family and friends to the funeral service of Master Sgt. Amanda West — an Army veteran and Huron Township resident who passed away March 17 after battling breast cancer.
The escort will begin Friday at the soccer fields located on Huron River Drive at 2 p.m.
The department will then travel with West’s family and friends to her memorial service in Riverview.
“The story and accomplishments of Master Sergeant West are incredible. Her story is one that should be heard. We see this as an opportunity to show our appreciation to her family for their sacrifice,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety.
West attended Huron School District from elementary through high school.
Residents are encouraged to show their appreciation by viewing the escort anywhere along the route.
“Instead of a funeral procession, we decided to begin the celebration of her life by escorting her family to the church while passing by the schools she attended as a child as well as her home here in Huron Township. We are hoping that witnessing this escort will be an inspiration to our students and build on many of the patriotic events that are currently held within the school district,” Robbins said.
Escort route (updated): Southbound Huron River Drive beginning at the soccer fields north of the High School, to eastbound Huron River Drive in front of Huron High School and Renton Junior High, to northbound Middle Belt passing Brown Elementary. Then to eastbound Pennsylvania Road, south on Racho Road, then eastbound Sibley, north on Grange Road, back on eastbound Pennsylvania and ending at 17760 Fort Street (Metro City Church in Riverview).
“In preparation for this event, we located Amanda’s 6th grade report card. It was clear even then that she was destined for success at a very young age. Her 6th grade teacher wrote that Amanda had run a great campaign for 6th grade president and that she looked forward to voting for her in a real election. How impressive is that? I hope the young ladies in our community can learn from Amanda’s story that they can achieve anything they set their minds to,” Robbins said.
The escort will include the Huron Township Police Department Mounted Unit who will symbolize the fallen soldier through a riderless horse.
A riderless horse is a single horse, without a rider, and with boots reversed in stirrups. The riderless horse symbolizes a warrior that will ride no more and is used in military parades to symbolize fallen soldiers.
The riderless horse will be on display in front of Renton and Huron High School and in front of Brown Elementary (weather permitting).
During the holiday season, the public safety department collected items for West while she was in the hospital receiving treatment.
As part of the department’s “Shop with a Hero” program during Christmas 2019, the public safety dispatch staff adopted West while she was receiving treatment at the Walter Reid Military Hospital in Maryland.
The dispatch staff sent a care package to West which included a heated blanket, pajamas, slippers, crafts, various snacks, and a book.
Read a biography of Amanda West by visiting the links below.