Roads closed ahead of memorial
Firefighters and the command staff of the Alexandria Fire Department will be "out of service" for two days as the department prepares to honor a fallen paramedic.
The stand-down will give everyone in the department an opportunity to attend memorial services for paramedic Joshua Weissman, who died last week after tumbling 30 feet from an overpass as he rushed to a car fire on I-395 along Four Mile Run.
The firefighters will be off the grid beginning Wednesday evening through 7 p.m. Friday. They’ll be replaced by extra staff from other northern Virginia departments including Fairfax, Arlington, Stafford, and Prince William counties.
Robert Rodriguez, chief Fire Marshal for the Alexandria Fire department says there will be no lapse in service.
"While we have our individual fire departments, we have the same operating guidelines, and standard operating procedures," says Rodriguez. "What the public is going to see is different equipment and different uniforms. The will still get the same level of performance."
Meanwhile, as first responders prepare for the funeral, residents like Bob Bauman stop by Firehouse 6 where Weissman worked, to pay respect.
"It’s very sad indeed, and they say it’s been 100 years since some thing this happened here. It’s unbelievable, it really is.
Funeral services for Joshua Weissman are set to begin at 1 p.m. Thursday in Alexandria. The memorial procession is expected to be large, taking place on King Street between Quaker Lane and Janney's Lane. Alexandria's city website has a complete list of road closures for the memorial.