LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- The remains of fallen West Linn firefighter John Percin Jr. will arrive Wednesday in a private plane and be taken to the main Lake Oswego fire station before a Saturday memorial service.
Percin, a 2007 graduate of West Linn High School, died along with 18 of his hotshot crewmates when they were trapped by a wildfire in late June outside Yarnell, Ariz.
The urn will be accompanied on the flight from Arizona by family members and an honor guard, said Karen Eubanks, spokeswoman for Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.
The remains will be taken to the Lake Oswego station at 300 B Avenue by private transport.
Fire, law enforcement and public safety agencies from across the region have been invited to stage along N.E. Airport Way and join the procession escorting the urn and Firefighter Percin’s family to Lake Oswego. All on-ramps to Interstate 205 southbound will be closed Wednesday during the procession.
The urn will remain under a vigil that includes a rotating ‘watch’ of fire service personnel and honor guards from Wednesday through Friday.
The public can pay their respects on Thursday at the fire station from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., said Eubanks.
A public memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday at Rolling Hills Church in Tualatin.