Thousands to Attend Services for Fallen Paramedic

Thousands to Attend Services for Fallen Paramedic

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Firefighters from across the nation are expected to convene in the Alexandria this week to honor fallen Alexandria paramedic Joshua Weismann.

If possible, residents are encouraged to avoid travel or expect significant delays near event areas during the time when memorial events and funeral services on Wednesday Feb. 15 and Thursday, Feb. 16.

Traffic and parking in the vicinity of the Everly Wheatley Funeral Home at 1500 West Braddock Road is expected to be significantly disrupted Wednesday afternoon and evening beginning around 4 p.m.

Traffic is expected to be substantially obstructed between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Thursday as the following streets will be closed intermittently for the funeral service. Community members are asked to avoid these areas if possible and be patient with delays during this event.

The memorial processional and services are expected to bring more than 200 fire vehicles and more than 2,000 people into Alexandria. Community members should avoid these areas if possible and be patient with delays during this event.

Street Closures & Potential Traffic Impacts

From time to time during the day, the following streets will be closed to facilitate movement of the funeral procession and the participants

Janney’s Lane from King Street to Quaker Lane

Seminary Road from Quaker Lane to Van Dorn Street

Van Dorn Street from Seminary Road to Braddock Road

Braddock Road from Van Dorn Street to King Street

King Street from Braddock Road and Quaker Lane to Russell Road

School Early Dismissals

Alexandria City Public Schools will alter dismissal times to ensure that students can safely leave school and be transported to their afterschool destinations in the midst of road closures and unprecedented traffic.

George Washington and Hammond Middle schools

Minnie Howard School

T.C. Williams High School

Douglas McArthur Elementary will dismiss at 12:35 p.m.

All remaining elementary schools will dismiss at 1:20 p.m.

The City has coordinated with Campagna Center after care programs and after-care programs at city recreation centers to provide child care for families currently enrolled in these programs. In addition, recreation centers at Charles Houston, Cora Kelly, William Ramsay, Patrick Henry, Mount Vernon, Charles Barrett, Nannie Lee, and John Adams will be open immediately following the early dismissal.