Police Expect Traffic to be Impacted During Funeral for Fallen Firefighter

Detours and officers will be in place to facilitate the flow of traffic.

The Natick Police Department is anticipating "significant traffic issues downtown" tomorrow beginning at around 9 a.m., according to the Department's Facebook page.

The expected traffic is from the funeral of .

The funeral mass will be Saturday, Feb. 2, at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church, which is located at 44 East Central St. (Rt. 135). Burial will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery on Pond St.

A procession, including a marching contingent, will make its way to St. Patrick Cemetary following the church service.

Detours and officers will be in place for a few hours, according to the Natick Police Facebook page.

Marcia Campisi Reynolds February 02, 2013 at 01:26 AM
Do they have any idea what there plan is for people not going to the funeral but have appointments down town ....they just can't tell people they cannot go to a business if they have appointments.
Mark St.Hilaire February 02, 2013 at 02:29 AM
E. Central St. from Rt. 27 to Union St. closed off. People can access downtown or you can park in South Ave. lot and walk downtown. Thanks for understanding.
Robert Rosen February 02, 2013 at 04:31 AM
Thank you, Mark, for helping to clarify where the closures are.
Robert Rosen February 02, 2013 at 04:38 AM
Michael, you are way off base here. There is no special road closures BECAUSE of what he did for a job. The road closures and excess traffic are because of the large number of people expected to attend the funeral. I've been to funerals where traffic had to be diverted because of a lot of people in attendance- more people, more cars. Also, this is a full Line-of-Duty funeral. The one thing you state that is fair is his life isn't more valuable than others because of his job; however, remember that he essentially lost his life saving others here in Natick.
Fresh February 02, 2013 at 12:35 PM
Liza February 02, 2013 at 12:37 PM
People need to get some perspective before complaining. Can we please remember the wife and children who are grieving today? I don't know them but a couple of hours of inconvenience is better than a lifetime of no dad. If there are so many people there because they want to honor him, then he must have made an impact on a lot of people. Have some empathy.
Fresh February 02, 2013 at 12:58 PM
Robert can you please just delete Michaels comments? I think that is what is needed and appropriate here. When people loose compassion we are indeed in trouble. This is a great person who served his towns people for years. Roads are being closed because of the number of people they expect to attend. I am saddened that comments like this are even brought up at times like this. Michael, Think them but keep them to yourself please.
Fresh February 02, 2013 at 12:59 PM
Well said Liza!
sheri cudak February 02, 2013 at 01:53 PM
that's the way us Redmen roll,my children are 5th generation" natick-ites" and proud of it..we stick together thru thick and thin,so michael go rain on someone elses parade,oh and speaking of parades the roads will also be closed for the 4th of july parade,prepare accordingly...
Michael Barrett February 02, 2013 at 03:11 PM
sheri cudak - I am not "raining on" a parade. My issue is with the decision to close roads. The decision was poor and should be called out for being poor. The man who passed was probably a very nice person. I have no issue with pay respect to him or his family.
Mitchel February 02, 2013 at 03:47 PM
@Michael- you should be ashamed if yourself! Firemen and policemen risk their lives everyday to ensure our safety. Why don't you think of that every time you hear a siren or read about a robbery or any other local news. Do you risk your life everyday when you go to work? I didn't think so.....
Firefighters wife February 02, 2013 at 06:14 PM
@MIchael... These firefighters do more than just fight fires, they are first responders to medical emergencies also. They put their lives on the line with every call they go on because you don't know what psychotic people might be there. That being said, other towns divert traffic for any big funeral including children who lost their battle to cancer, older people who meant a lot to a community. Do you even live in Natick, if you do shame on you. . Believe it or not, they don't get paid great and the benefits are incredible either.
Fresh February 02, 2013 at 08:45 PM
I had a few comments removed (and they should have been) because I was very upset about Michaels comments but I shouldn't have personally attacked him. But, when you do not know when there is a time to say something and a time not to say something please go the cautious route and don't say it. Firefighters, Police, first responders etc are heroes. I don't care if they sleep 364 days a year. The day they go into a fire, just trying to help people they are heros. They are also a role model for children. Today was not the time to discuss classes and if it is right to close a street (but it was right). This man was a son, father, husband, friend to many and loved by many. I didn't know him but know many people that did and from that I see he was respected. The sight downtown this morning was amazing and while sad Natick should be proud they came together. I hope I have touched as many lives his Family should be very proud of him!


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