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The scene Wednesday outside fire station #6, where Alexandria paramedic Joshua Weissman was assigned.
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The scene Wednesday outside fire station #6, where Alexandria paramedic Joshua Weissman was assigned.

Some streets in Alexandria will be blocked and others closed today to make way for the funeral procession of a fallen paramedic.

The Alexandria Fire Department has shut its doors today to mourn Joshua Weissman, who was responding to a car fire on Interstate-395 when he died after slipping over a guardrail on the highway and falling 30 feet into Four Mile Run creek. 

Portions of King Street, Quaker Lane, Janney's Lane, and Seminary Road will all close at certain times between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. today. A full list of the closures and times is available here.

Weissman's death is the first for the Alexandria Fire Department since 1925. 

Family friends and nearly every first responder in the department will turn out today to honor Weissman and bid him farewell. Robert Rodriguez, chief Fire Marshal for the department says the memorial procession will be large.

"They will be occurring on King Street between Quaker Lane and Janney's Lane, Rodriguez says. "All of Janney's Lane will be closed at one point, and then there will be a closure on Seminary Road from Quaker Lane up to approximately Howard Street for a period of time during the funeral services."

The funeral service for Weissman is scheduled to begin today at 1 p.m. 

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