Funeral home owner speaks on importance of fallen officer’s burial

Funeral home owner speaks on importance of fallen officer’s burial

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) -A visitation for Sgt. Kelvin Ansari will be this Thursday and Friday from 2 to 9 p.m. at Campbell and Sons Funeral Home.

His funeral is Saturday at Calvary Baptist Temple beginning at 11 a.m. A visitation will be held at the church prior to the service from 9 to 10 a.m.

Those planning the services are preparing for lots of people to attend and pay their respects.

Before Sgt. Ansari, his family, and fellow officers arrive at Greenwich Cemetery on Saturday, there are two days of public visitation, a procession and a funeral being organized as we speak.

Those behind the scenes say they want to make sure he gets the dignified ceremony he deserves and his family is supported.

Campbell and Sons Funeral Home is tasked with making Sgt. Kelvin Ansari's loss meaningful for families, fellow officers and community supporters.

President and owner David Campbell says preparing a proper visitation on this scale in such a short amount of time is a huge undertaking.

“We’re prepared that we’re going to work around the clock with the law enforcement while the body’s out for public viewing,” said Campbell.

Campbell says he’s in constant contact with Savannah Police to make sure the ceremony honors Sgt. Ansari appropriately and works logistically with so many people expected.

He says they plan to block off Park Avenue for parking, so people can pay their respects.

Campbell does this kind of work all the time, but says he feels this one personally.

“Kelvin has been an integral part in assisting all of us with escorts and stuff, so some of us kind of knew him personally, and he’s just been a giant of a guy," said Campbell. "It’s just a great loss to the Savannah community.”

And an even bigger one for Sgt. Ansari’s family, something Campbell’s seen firsthand over the last few days.

“It’s been devastating to meet with the family," said Campbell. "You don’t know what to tell them. You don’t know how you can imagine how they feel. For the wife and children, I mean the whole family, it’s been a great loss for them.”

The 200 Club of the Coastal Empire will help shoulder some of that loss by attending the services and supporting them from now on.

“We want to make sure that that family realizes that they’re part of our family, and the support, whether it be on the procession or whether it be at the funeral, those are all welcomed,” said Lowell Kronowitz, Chairman of the 200 Club.

Just as the 200 Club’s support is ongoing for the Ansaris, he hopes the community’s will be too.

You'll have a chance to honor Sgt. Kelvin Ansari and his family along the motorcade processional route on Saturday.

That will start at Calvary Baptist Temple on Waters Avenue after his funeral service.

It will head north on Waters Avenue to Victory Drive, then east on Victory Drive to Skidaway Road.

It will then turn on 36th Street to Bonaventure Road and on to Greenwich Cemetery.

The City’s Cemeteries Director says he’s working on logistics to handle a large crowd.

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