Navy Hospitalman Eric Warren returned home to Shawnee today and received a police escort from Tinker Air Force Base to Resthaven Funeral Home.
Some area residents lined the escort route with American flags in hand to show support for Warren and his family.
Pottawatomie County Undersheriff Travis Palmer said the U.S. Navy reports that Warren’s body will arrive in Shawnee sometime Sunday afternoon. While an exact time isn’t yet known, Palmer said they’ve been told the body will arrive at Tinker about 11:45 a.m.
Palmer estimates the escort will leave Midwest City around 12:15 p.m. to head to Shawnee. The escort could arrive in Shawnee about 12:45 p.m.
The fallen sailor will receive a police escort by Pottawatomie and Oklahoma County sheriff’s deputies, Shawnee and Oklahoma City police officers and the Patriot Riders from Tinker AFB to Resthaven Funeral Home.
Palmer said the escort route will be via Interstate 40 to U.S.177 to West MacArthur Street, and then east to Bryan Street. The route will then go south on Bryan Street and then east on Highland/SH 3 to Resthaven Funeral Home.
Palmer encourages area residents to show support for Warren and his family by lining the streets to honor and remember him for his service.
“He’s a hero,” Palmer said. “This community needs to show support.”
Palmer also reminds those driving who may encounter the processional to yield to the right as they would for emergency vehicles.
Warren, 23, was killed May 26 while serving his third tour of duty in Afghanistan to support Operation Enduring Freedom.
He died from wounds he received when an improvised explosive device detonated in the Sangin district of Helmand province.
Funeral services for Warren are scheduled for 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 5, at Downtown Pentecostal Church, 518 East 7th, Shawnee. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park, Shawnee.