SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) -Sergeant Kelvin Ansari was laid to rest on Saturday afternoon following the funeral ceremony at Greenwich Cemetery, near Bonaventure Cemetery.
Savannah Fire raised two ladder trucks, hanging an American flag over the entrance to the Bonaventure grounds before the procession reached the cemetery.
“Even though they’re miles apart and we don’t know anyone, or haven’t had any personal contact prior to with the fallen, it is our mission and our goal to take them to their final rest in the most dignified way that we can,” said Sgt. Craig Johnson with the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
The North Carolina Troopers Association Caisson Unit has carried out their mission too often in our area, carrying now four fallen officers since 2012.
“All give some, some gave all," said Sgt. Nelson. "And he has given all. And this is our tribute to him to make sure he’s honored in the way that he should be.”
From the entrance of Greenwich Cemetery to the burial site, the Caisson Unit carried Sgt. Ansari’s casket, draped in an American flag, before it was carried to the burial site by Ansari’s fellow officers.
Patriot Guard riders surrounded family and friends, sentries standing silently while prayers were offered up under the tents.
Sgt. Ansari’s military service was honored, with a 21-gun salute and playing of Taps, and Chatham County helicopters flew in formation overhead before Sgt. Ansari’s last call on the radio.
WTOC also caught up with supporters at the entrance to Bonaventure who shared with us why it was so important to be there as the procession entered the cemetery grounds.
“I think after his service to the country and to the community that it’s the very least we could do to show our support for him and for all officers and military personnel,” said Archie Bunger.